KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala resigned his position on Friday, August 5, after losing the contest for provincial chair of the province.
In a news briefing soon after his resignation, the former premier noted that he took the decision consciously and has announced the same some the people should get a sense of the direction he’s going and the party can move forward as a collective, without hindrance.
His exit notwithstanding, he still believes that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) holds a strategic spot in South Africa’s political universe and can continue to provide commendable leadership in the country.
Delving into his membership of the ruling party, he’d noted it was done without the arm of getting any form of material benefits whatsoever. He also noted how he had shared his skills and expertise with the part and as premier.
His resignation has been accepted by the ANC in the province, which issued a statement regarding the resignation and its acceptance of it.
Sihle Zikalala lost the contest for the ANC provincial chairperson to Siboniso Duma on 23 July. He had thereafter informed president Ramaphosa of his decision to resign as premier. In that sense, his resignation didn’t come as a surprise to many.