Mkhize Zuma NDZ

The ANC in KZN nominated Zweli Mkhize (right) for the position of party president and Jacob Zuma (middle) has thrown his weight behind Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (left) for the same position. Photo: GCIS/Flickr.

KZN ANC wants Zweli Mkhize to lead – with a controversial Top Six

The ‘vibes’ are back in KwaZulu-Natal. The province nominated Mkhize as its candidate to go against Ramaphosa in December.

Mkhize Zuma NDZ

The ANC in KZN nominated Zweli Mkhize (right) for the position of party president and Jacob Zuma (middle) has thrown his weight behind Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (left) for the same position. Photo: GCIS/Flickr.

Former Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize’s political resurrection received a massive boost on Tuesday, 27 September, with the African National Congress (ANC) in the province he once led as Premier saying it wants him to lead the party.

MKHIZE FOR PRESIDENT?

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) threw its weight behind Mkhize ahead of the party’s national leadership elections in December 2022. He will go up against Cyril Ramaphosa and if he wins, he will most likely be the next president of South Africa.

At a press conference on Tuesday, ANC KZN secretary, Bheki Mtolo, said Mkhize’s nomination comes after the majority of the branches in the province nominated him over the past week.

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Other leaders the province wants in the ‘Top Six’ structure that drives the ANC include Paul Mashatile, as deputy president, Phumulo Masualle, as secretary-general, Stan Mbatha, as national chairperson, and Nomvula Mokonyane, as deputy secretary-general.

The KZN ANC has yet to nominate someone for the position of treasurer. However, the party indicated that it wants a young woman leader to fill the position.

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Things are hotting up ahead of the elections with former President Jacob Zuma coming out to endorse Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for the same position.

NDZ lost out to Ramaphosa in the last national leadership election by 179 votes. Zuma also said he is willing to take up the position of national chairperson.

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Mkhize resigned as Minister of Health in 2021 before Ramaphosa fired him over the ‘Digital Vibes’ allegations.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) found that Mkhize allegedly benefitted from a R150 million tender awarded to a company he has close ties with.

The former health minister said the SIU’s report was flawed and indicated that he was resigning to bring stability to the department. The country was in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic at the time.

President Cyril Ramaphosa; Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize and Stakeholder group representatives sign the Presidential Health Summit Compact at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Garankuwa, Tshwane. Photo: GCIS/Flickr.

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