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Gopolang Moloko
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13 Sep 2018
4:44 pm

Mncwango announced as DA candidate for KZN premier

Gopolang Moloko

Mncwango will head the team that will prioritise removing the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane and new premier candidate Zwakele Mncwango. Image: Mmusi Maimane/Twitter

Democratic Alliance councillor Zwakele Mncwango in the eThekwini Municapality has been announced as the DA’s top man for the position of premier in KwaZulu-Natal in the 2019 elections.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane made the announcement at the Ohlange High School in Inanda on Thursday.

He said Mncwango had a vision that would see access to jobs for all and the eradication of poverty and inequality in KZN.

Mncwango would lead the KZN team in fighting drug abuse, corruption and speeding up the delivery of basic services to the people.

The province had the potential to create jobs and opportunities, according to Maimane, who said this was hindered by political killings.

“There is no doubt that the ANC’s patronage network, infighting for resources in government, and other internal ANC battles are the reasons behind these political killings. While the ANC fight each other, no one is fighting for the people of KZN,” Maimane said.

The DA leader will be travelling throughout the country to announce other provincial premiership candidates.

Mncwango will head the team that will prioritise removing the ANC.

Mncwango is, however, facing a R1.5 million defamation lawsuit.

The suit was lodged by Kwazulu-Natal cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube after Mncwango accused her of awarding tenders worth more than R15 million to Brand Partners, where her husband Sibusiso Justin Ncube is a director of communications.

A letter to KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu, signed by Mncwango, alleged that Dube-Ncube awarded Brand Partners a communications tender.

The letter alleges the contract was more than R7.5 million and called for Ncube-Dube’s suspension.