Sihle Zikalala's name has been omitted on most of the preliminary slates that are making rounds by lobbyists ahead of the provincial conference in June.
These slates are used as a way of mobilizing support in the six regions, including eThekwini Municipality which is looking forward to hosting its elective conference. If the slates continue they are Zikalala will be pitted against senior members of his provincial cabinet which include Nomsa Dube-Ncube and Peggy Nkonyeni. Dube-Ncube is the current MEC of finance and the provincial treasurer of the ANC. On the other hand, Nkonyeni is a senior cabinet member, holding the transport community safety including the liaison portfolio. As noted before these are the three slates making rounds in the ANC branches across the province.
One of the slates wants Dube-Ncube (Pictured above) to take over from Zikalala and Nkonyeni to be her deputy. On another slate, the current mayor of eThekwini Mxolisi (Pictured below) Kaunda is being pointed for Zikalala's position and Dube-Ncube to be his deputy. On another slate led by Nkonyeni, the controversial former mayor of Newcastle and incumbent eMalahleni regional chairperson Dr. Ntuthuko Mahlaba is touted as her Deputy. Zakhele Buthelezi the current Mzala Nxumalo Zululand regional secretary is expected to replace Mdumiseni Ntuli as provincial secretary.
As per RET in the province want to dump Zikalala because he is seen to be running with the hare and hunting with the hounds. He is accused of flirting with the CR17 faction and the pro-Zuma RET factions which has no truce with party president Cyril Ramaphosa. When Zikalala was asked if he is worried about being left out of the preliminary slates and if he was still interested in retaining his position. He revealed that the ANC has not opened the discussion around leadership issues. Zikalala further said even if it was opened he does not discuss such issues with the media. Nhlakanipho Ntombela the provincial spokesperson of the ANC said the plan was to have all regional conferences done and dusted by end of February so that the provincial conference was able to be held in June. The NEC must give guidance on the matters as they are due for a conference late this year.
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