Why is the KZN Premier's Wife Absent From
the Office of the First Lady of the Province?

 22 October 2014.

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has questioned why KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu's wife, Thembeka Mchunu is not working fulltime in the KwaZulu-Natal Spousal Office but is occupying two positions, those of being Mayor of uThungulu District Council and that of First Lady of the province.

"Earlier this year I raised the issue of the Premier's wife being a District Mayor whilst she should be working fulltime in the Premier’s Spousal Office.  It is not possible for her to do justice to the people of uThungulu District, where she is the mayor, and the people of the province at the same time. When I raised this matter the ANC disputed it, but now it is apparent they have realised the wisdom of what I said and it is alleged that they want to remove her as mayor of uThungulu. Premier Senzo Mchunu did not take action at that time as it related to his wife.  But if the shoe was on the other foot and an IFP member was involved, the ANC would have commented about this matter in the Legislature and in the media ad nauseam," said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.

"After carefully considering the workload associated with her two responsibilities, she must come to the conclusion that she needs to spend more time fulfilling her responsibilities as the Premier's wife. She has failed to provide services to the people of uThungulu and she has not delivered as First Lady of the province. This is totally unacceptable," continued Mr Gwala.

"If the Premier has what it takes and wants to display good leadership he must lead by example and tell his wife that she must vacate her position as uThungulu mayor and focus on her duties in the spousal office. By continuing to occupy the mayoral position she is depriving a competent person the opportunity to lead the District as mayor. She must do the right thing and resign as Mayor. We cannot allow the situation where some people are protected because they are married to senior ANC leaders and are therefore untouchable," concluded Mr Gwala.

 

Issued by:
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842

For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675