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The IFP Caucus in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature says it noted the announcement of Nomusa Dube-Ncube as the ANC’s Premier-elect, to replace the ejected Premier Sihle Zikalala.
IFP leader Velinkosi Hlabisa said this was the expected outcome, as amongst the three candidates, Hon. Dube-Ncube possesses sufficient competence and experience. “Unfortunately for Dube-Ncube, she is just a temporary measure for the remainder of the term, and will be a compromised Premier because she carries no mandate from ANC structures because they rejected her during their Provincial Conference two weeks ago”.
Hlabisa further said Dube-Ncube will have no authority over her Executive. “Hon. Dube-Ncube will not be able to hold MECs to account or roll out consequence management to the same PEC that gave her these names. Lastly, she will not be able to introduce immediate lifestyle audits for those supervising her”.
Hlabisa reiterated that the Premier-elect and her Executive will not save the ANC from its final ejection from power in 2024, as they remain compromised government leaders. “In 2019, the IFP, as the Official Opposition, expressed disapproval over several MECs that were appointed by Premier Zikalala. We expect to see some of these MECs being removed from portfolios where they have failed dismally, i.e., health, education and COGTA”
He said the IFP will continue to exert pressure and hold the new Premier and her Executive accountable in all respects, in the pursuit of clean, proper and meaningful governance of the province of KwaZulu-Natal.