- In Septmeber, Zweli Mkhize accepted nomination to be the next President of the ANC
- Mkhize has been named by numerous branches as the ideal deputy president for Ramaphosa
- The Ntsizwa branch in the Alfred Nzo region of Eastern Cape nominated Mkhize to succeed President Jacob Zuma
Briefly.co.za learned from eNCA that they asked the public who Zwelini Mkhize is, and some did not know. One even thought he is a soccer player.
Zwelini Lawrence Mkhize was born on 2 February 1956, in eStobhini esikhulu, Willowfontein, Pietermaritzburg.
He is a South African doctor, legislator, politician and the current Treasurer-General of the African National Congress (ANC).
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At the start of the democratic dispensation, Mkhize was appointed as the MEC for health in 1994, a position he held for a decade. He was the longest serving provincial health MEC in the country.
In 2004, he was appointed the MEC for Finance and Economic Development in KwaZulu Natal. At the same time he was also the chairperson of the ANC's National Education and Health subcommittee.
He was designated on 30 April 2009 as the ANC candidate for Premier of KwaZulu-Natal and was elected to that position by the provincial legislature on 6 May.
He was elected ANC chairperson in KwaZulu Natal in 2008 and was reelected in 2012.
He served as the chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal since 2009 until 2017.
In September 2017, Zweli Mkhize announced that he will accept nomination to be the next President of the African National Congress at their December conference.
He is known to play a unifying role in the party and has been vocal against factionalism in the ANC.
Mkhize has been described by Sanco in KwaZulu-Natal as a person who united the province under his leadership and now they are struggling to restore that.
Mkhize is reportedly emerging as an alternative to serve as deputy president in the Cyril Ramaphosa slate ahead of the ANC’s national conference in December.
He has allegedly been nominated for the deputy president post by the Milo Malatjie branch in the Peter Mokaba region of Limpopo.
The ANC Amakhabela branch in the Inkosi Bhambatha region in KZN nominated Mkhize to be Ramaphosa’s deputy.
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The ANC Ivory Park branch in the Greater Johannesburg region also nominated Mkhize as Ramaphosa’s second-in-command.
However, the Ntsizwa branch in the Alfred Nzo region of Eastern Cape nominated Mkhize to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the next ANC leader, while Ramaphosa was nominated as Mkhize’s deputy.
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