KwaZulu-Natal‘s newly-elected Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube has assured members of the provincial legislature that she will maintain a good working relationship with all political parties and keep them updated on important matters.
Dube-Ncube was sworn in on Wednesday, 10 August 2022. She takes over the reins from Sihle Zikalala, who resigned after losing the battle for African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson in the province to Siboniso Duma, at the party’s recently held elective congress.
Dube-Ncube is the first woman to hold the coveted post in the province.
DUBE-NCUBE THANKS ZIKALALA FOR HIS WORK
Speaking after taking her oath of office, Nomusa Dube-Ncube addressed opposition parties in the KZN legislature, which she will most likely be butting heads with very soon as premier. Dube-Ncube further expressed her gratitude to her predecessor, Zikalala, for his service.
“I will maintain a good working relationship with all of you and we will have regular briefings where necessary. To my predecessors, particularly Honourable Zikalala. I wish to thank you for all the good work that you have done for the people of KwaZulu-Natal as a Premier and a wonderful spirit of comradie amongst colleagues and political parties and we are going to sustain that as women, we don’t take for granted the fact that we have made history here today.”
The Democratic Alliance (DA) nominated its own Mabatho Tembe for the post, but she ultimately lost to Dube-Ncube in a special sitting.
Zikalala’s political future is uncertain at this stage, but in an interview with eNCA, he said he was willing to accept any position he might be offered except that of being KZN Premier again.
“I would take the position of being the chair of a portfolio committee, an MEC or any other position except that of being the face of government,” he said.
Speaking on why he resigned, the former chairperson said that one does not need to have serious problems in order to leave, however, one of the pressing issues was the “myth” that he dumped former President Jacob Zuma.
“I supported him as a leader and someone who sacrificed his life for South Africa to be liberated. My support has never been personal but always organisational. At no point have I ever tried to get position through being associated with him. Equally I have never badmouthed others because they did not support him,” he said.