DURBAN: KZN Premier Willies Mchunu’s Wednesday state of the province address is rumoured to be his last, according to sources.
The rumours went flying after he closed his address by saying in Zulu: “Go well. We will meet again, but if we don’t you will meet whoever will be the premier.”
He missed the opening of the legislature by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini on Tuesday due to ill-health. Before he began his address, he apparently asked Economic Development MEC and African National Congress (ANC) KZN coordinator Sihle Zikalala to be on standby to take over his address if he failed to finish it.
According to sources in the ANC said the premier would soon tender his resignation.
Provincial secretary Super Zuma said: “People should not read too much into his remarks because he likes to joke.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the province has accused the premier of delivering the Zuma’s State of Address.
“I thought I was at the wrong legislature event. I was supposed to be at the KZN State of the Province address,” said the Francois Rodgers, DA caucus leader in the KZN legislature.
“As it turned out, I was at a “State of Zuma” address, with KZN Premier Willies Mchunu singing the praises of a man who has all but destroyed our country and our province. The recent week’s Budget speech bore testimony to this fact.”
“When the premier did speak about KZN, his speech was flawed with statistical inaccuracies on both poverty and unemployment. Without the correct facts, it is impossible to address these two critical challenges our province faces,” he said.