DURBAN: This comes after Mr Sihle Zikalala resigned as KZN premier following his defeat at the ANC elective conference.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier-elect Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube is set to be sworn-in during a special sitting of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature on Wednesday.
According to IOL, KZN Legislature spokesperson Wesley Canham confirmed that a special sitting was scheduled for the swearing-in of the new premier, but would not give more details.
“Yes I can confirm that there is a special sitting of the KZN Legislature,” the spokesperson said.
This comes after Mr Sihle Zikalala resigned as KZN premier following his defeat at the ANC elective conference.
Ms Dube-Ncube is set to become the ninth KZN premier, and the sixth from the ANC, but more importantly, she will be the first woman to ascend to such a position in KZN.
In a statement on Tuesday, the ANC Women’s League (PTT) said the announcement had catapulted the struggle for women’s emancipation in the province to the next level.
“We could not have asked for a better gift to celebrate Women’s Month in our province. This is, indeed, a huge milestone which has proven that the struggle for women empowerment is a societal one and that we cannot be free until there is gender equality in our province and our country,” said the league’s provincial coordinator Ms Fikile Masiko.
Meanwhile, the ANCYL in the province issued a statement congratulating Ms Dube-Ncube for being selected ahead of two little-known Ms Mbali Frazer and Ms Amanda Bani.
In a statement issued by the league, “[t]he African National Congress Youth League in Kwazulu-Natal is thrilled to extend its warmest congratulations to Cde Nomusa Dube Ncube following her historic selection as the first female Premier of KwaZulu-Natal by the ANC.”
“We can say without any doubt that her official election will, without doubt, strengthen our province, especially on issues of children and women’s rights, poverty alleviation, teenage pregnancy, social ills, unemployment and inequalities,” the statement said.
ANC KZN secretary Mr Bhekinkosi Mtolo said the party was making history by announcing the first female premier-elect in the province.
“During Women’s Month, as the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, we have moved one step ahead towards the realisation of women’s emancipation. Today we announce to you comrade Nomusa Dube-Ncube as the premier nominee. She is not new in a leadership position as she has previously served in the organisation and in government,” he said.