'I stepped down to avoid becoming a distraction' |Zikalala.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The premier of KwaZulu-Natal province, Sihle Zikalala, resigned after losing a contest last month to lead the governing African National Congress in the province.
Zikakala submitted his resignation on Thursday, the ANC said in statement on Friday.
In a media briefing earlier, Zikalala said he was stepping down in the interests of moving the ruling party forward and to avoid becoming a distraction.
"I've taken a position to resign the position of the premier of KwaZulu Natal province. I've taken this decision consciously and expeditiously so that there is no doubt about the strategic direction that the movement and the government should be taking going forward,"he said.
"It is my principled position that the ANC remains the strategic centre of power. We should provide uninterrupted strategic leadership in the movement, the society and government. As an individual member of the ANC, or as individual members of the ANC, we joined the organisation voluntarily and with no expectation of material benefit.
"In joining the ANC, we avail our skills and expertise as at the disposal of our movement. It is my sincere conviction that revolutionaries should at no stage be an over-burden to the to the revolutionary movement," he added.
Zikalala also disputed claims that he betrayed former President Jacob Zuma and aligned himself with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
He said he has backed Zuma since 2005 and that his support is organisational rather than personal.
"I wish to make it clear that I have supported him since 2005 until today [Friday]. I supported him as a leader and someone who's sacrificed his life for South Africa to be liberated," he said.
"My support has never been personal but organisational. At no stage have ever tried to get a position for being associated with him.
"Equally, I've never badmouthed other for because they didn't support him. This deceptive narrative further accuses myself in particular by suggesting that I've aligned myself with Ramaphosa. It's should be noted that it's the tradition of the ANC that members should accept and work with the leadership. This is the principle of the movement."
The names of Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Amanda Bani and Mbali Frazer had been submitted for interviews on Saturday.
A new Premier will be sworn in once the interviews are concluded and once Zikalala's resignation is confirmed by the provincial legislature
Zikalala has held his position as premier of the province since May 2019 .
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