Senzo Mchunu narrowly wins KZN chair

Senzo Mchunu has beaten Wllies Mchunu to the position of ANC chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal.

Senzo Mchunu has beaten Wllies Mchunu to the position of ANC chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal.

This was despite attempts by senior ANC leaders to prevent him from succeeding Premier Zweli Mkhize.

The Mail & Guardian understands Mkhize and President Jacob Zuma preferred Mchunu's opponent Willies Mchunu to lead the party in the province.

In the run-up to the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung, Senzo Mchunu was linked to the "forces of change" group, which was pushing for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to replace Zuma as ANC president, but he has since distanced himself from the group.

Willies Mchunu, supported by Ethekwini, the ANC Women's League and alliance partners Cosatu and the SA Communist Party, will retain his current position as the ANC deputy chairperson in the province.

ANC spokesperson Bongani Mthembu said Senzo Mchunu had garnered 385 votes to the 373 of his opponent.

The party's provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said at a press conference on Saturday afternoon that the battle for the leadership of the party in the province had been a very relaxed affair.

"I haven't seen a T-shirt with Willies or Senzo on it," he joked.

Zikalala said the party was focusing on how to improve its results in the 2014 national election.

In the last national election, the party won almost 62% of the vote in the province. - Sapa



Matuma Letsoalo is a senior politics reporter at the Mail & Guardian. He joined the newspaper in 2003, focussing on politics and labour, and collaborated with the M&G's centre for investigations, amaBhungane, from time to time.In 2011, Matuma won the South African Journalist of the Year Award and was also the winner in the investigative journalism category in the same year.In 2004, he won the CNN African Journalist of the Year prize – the MKO Abiola Print Journalism Award. Matuma was also a joint category winner of the Mondi Shanduka SA Story of the year Award in 2008. In 2013, he was a finalist for Wits University's Taco Kuiper Award. Read more from ML

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