On Monday, they announced that Nomusa Dube-Ncube, the current minister of finance, was their preferred candidate for prime minister.
If this happens, Dube-Ncube will be the first woman to ever lead the province.
Nobody ever urged him to leave, but he did make an offer to the leaders, which they rejected.
Zikalala, however, ultimately prevailed in persuading the leaders, "which caused us to concur with him as our senior and a cadre of the movement."
Even if Mtolo's party disagreed with the premier's offer to resign, "we thought it was essential to think about it and respect it," he explained.
He assured everyone that the present administration does not harbor any ill will toward Zikalala. In addition, he vowed to remain an active member of the party.
He won't be leaving any sort of mess for the good people of our lovely province to clean up. There is still a lot of work for him to do as the leader of the movement in order to aid our people, and he has committed to do it.
According to Mtolo, Zikalala contributed greatly to the party.
We owe him a great deal for his service in the ANC government. It is our responsibility as leaders to maintain solidarity within the movement as we head into the November election.
In addition, he stated that aiding "the masses of people" would be the party's first priority.
We are making great strides in combating poverty, sexual assault against women, and criminal activity.
Last week, in his farewell address, Zikalala supported outgoing president Jacob Zuma. Politicians, he alleged, have accused him of betraying Zuma.
I've supported President Zuma since June 14, 2005, and I'll say it again: I fully support him now. I believed in him as a leader and respected his sacrifice for the freedom of South Africa, he explained.
Zikalala added that reports that he was collaborating with President Cyril Ramaphosa were "fake tale."
The ANC's founding documents state, "Members must always accept and cooperate with the elected leadership, even if they did not support that leadership's election."
Zikalala's position in the KZN assembly will not change.
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