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KZN ANC accepts resignation of Premier Sihle Zikalala with ‘pain and difficulty’

Sihle Zikalala, KZN Premier, has resigned. (Photo: Gallo Images/Darren Stewart)

Zikalala has resigned as KwaZulu-Natal Premier after failing to secure another term to helm the party in the province, at the ANC provincial conference in July. 

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has on Friday “welcomed” KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala’s resignation, and put forth three names, including finance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube, to be considered to replace Zikalala as premier. 

Zikalala informed the provincial executive committee (PEC) of his resignation on Thursday, 4 August, which the ANC in the province has accepted. 

Zikalala’s resignation comes after his defeat at the ANC KwaZulu-Natal elective conference in July, where his rival – former ANC provincial youth league leader, from former president Jacob Zuma’s “Taliban” slate — Siboniso Duma, received 930 of the 1,595 votes. 

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Lesser-known Duma and his “Taliban” slate of candidates swept the floor at the recent KZN provincial ANC elective conference — a huge blow to Zikalala’s “Ankole” slate aligned to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Duma’s win saw Zikalala having to relinquish the chairperson position.

Sihle Zikalala with Siboniso Duma
Former KZN ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala (left) congratulates new chairperson Siboniso Duma after the announcement of the results in Durban on 24 July 2022. (Photo: Phumlani Thabethe)

After accepting Zikalala’s resignation, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal was instructed to recommend three names to the party’s national committee, who will undergo an interview process to be considered to replace Zikalala. 

“The names of comrades Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Amanda Bani and Mbali Frazer were submitted and they are going for interviews tomorrow,” the PEC said on Friday. 

“The ANC accepted Comrade Zikalala’s resignation with pain and difficulty as he was still doing a great job in the province since he took over,” it added. 

On Friday, the ANC in KZN thanked Zikalala for “his dedication to serve the people of KwaZulu-Natal,” adding that his tenure as premier has come with “a lot of good in the province, including a number of provincial government departments receiving unqualified audit outcomes for the first time.” 

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A new Premier will be sworn in once the interviews are concluded and once Zikalala’s resignation is confirmed by the provincial legislature. DM


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  • So – here we go again, on the ANC Merry-go-round, of Political shuffling, serving to deliver to us exhausted tax-payers and ordinary citizens a continuous game of “musical Chairs,” where senior political positions are traded and exchanged, purged and shuffled, with almost boring frequency.

    The notion of a professionally trained and qualified administration seems to be totally absent from eth ANC Lexicon. Watch this space for another shuffle, just around the corner, as 2024 looms – and decends upon us.

  • Horrific that a member of the “Taliban”/RET faction will now be premier of KZN. They cannot be unaware that Zuma is a treasonous thief, but I suppose that is precisely why they support him – they’d like him back at the helm because of his criminal ways, so they can have their turn at the feeding trough!

  • I going to miss this guy. He is classic ANC, didnt give a damn about the poor “piple”, watched dodgy tenders fly and best of all ensured that his water tanks were filled by a municipal truck while his waterless neighbours watched bewildered and confused. Then he lied saying his wife needed the water to cook for “our piple”. Just beautiful. But we can be sure the new hog at the trough will not disappoint.

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