The resignation of outgoing Premier Sihle Zikalala has sparked worry among KwaZulu-opposition Natal's parties. Zikalala spoke to the media yesterday, confirming this and reflecting on his tenure as Premier. Velenkosini Hlabisa, president of the IFP, expressed optimism that Zikalala's resignation would not cause additional turmoil in the province government. According to Hlabisa, there are multiple ongoing corruption investigations throughout provincial ministries.
"Almost all departments were entangled in corruption operations under Zikalala's term, with no consequence management." "We can only wish Honourable Zikalala well in his future pursuits and hope that his departure does not result in further turmoil in government," Hlabisa remarked. "We shall wait for the incoming premier, whom we will hold accountable for any the investigations left unfinished by Zikalala," he stated. Meanwhile, DA leader in KwaZulu-Natal Francois Rodgers says Zikalala's departure is not surprising. He expressed optimism that the ANC's new provincial leadership will be willing to work with opposition parties.
"It's not surprising. Looking at how he lost and the effect of not making the PEC shows that he lost support. We have had several encounters with him as an opponent during his period's end.
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