AFTER being defeated as KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial chairman a few weeks ago, Premier Sihle Zikalala has resigned.
Nomusa Dube-Ncube, who was declined as chairperson at the conference, will be interviewed alongside Amanda Bani and Mbali Frazer to take over.
The party confirmed Zikalala’s resignation, after serving as the premier from 2019.
New secretary Bheki Mtolo said: “Zikalala offered the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) his resignation on Thursday, 4 August, which was accepted. The PEC communicated with national officials and were instructed to make recommendations of three name of comrades who will undergo an interview. Dube-Ncube, Bani and Frazer were submitted and will go for interviews on 6 August.”
Mtolo added that the ANC accepted the resignation with pain and difficulty as Zikalala was doing a great job.
“We are grateful to the work he has done, and appreciate that he made a conscious decision not to leave office hastily. Zikalala’s tenure 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. We thank him for his dedication to serve,” he said.
He further said the new premier would be sworn in once interviews were concluded and Zikalala’s resignation confirmed by the provincial legislature.
Zikalala was defeated in the provincial conference, where Siboniso Duma was elected as the province’s new chairperson. He was also excluded in the KZN PEC by delegates. He is expected to address the media later today at Public Works in Mayville, west of Durban.