KZN deserves a full time Premier

Sizwe Mchunu, MPP

Leader of the DA in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature

Reports that KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Zweli Mkhize, will continue in this role until after the 2014 election, spell bad news for a province in desperate need of a full time, hands-on Premier.

The news comes after Mkhize was elected treasurer general of the African National Congress at its national elective conference in Mangaung last month. According to ANC rules, he may not hold a position on both the national executive committee and the provincial executive committee (PEC) which means the party will have to elect a new chairman. Regrettably, the same rules do not apply for the position of Premier.

As the DA we view this as a serious oversight. It is also typical of the indecision and delay tactics that seem to be a part of any change in ANC leadership. It appears that there is an extraordinary reluctance within the party to accept change, which the DA believes is the direct result of an internal lack of clarity over succession and leadership. Where there is a vacancy there is always in-house turmoil, which creates a very unhealthy situation.

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the NEC to consider the repercussions of this regulation. The Premier cannot do two jobs properly. As Treasurer General, he cannot be an effective Premier.

The people of KwaZulu-Natal deserve more.

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