- Sizwe Mchunu, former Democratic Alliance leader for KwaZulu-Natal, has jumped ship from the opposition to the ruling party
- Mchunu was unveiled as an ANC member yesterday, despite not having resigned from the DA
- Sizwe denies that he is leaving the DA over friction between himself and his successor, who had been elected in his place in 2015
Former Democratic Alliance leader for KwaZulu-Natal, Sizwe Mchunu, has apparently left the opposition party in favour of the ANC.
Mdumiseni Ntuli, provincial secretary for the ANC, unveiled their newest member during a briefing in Durban yesterday.
Mchunu had revealed that the news would be a surprise to the Democratic Alliance, as he had yet to resign as a member. He had also brought his old DA shirts along to the briefing, which he said he would hold onto until they were fetched.
This stands out in stark opposition to Mchunu's claim that he had not left the party because of strained relationships with fellow members:
"I do not have a bad relationship with anybody. I have been a leader in the DA in my own right. I obviously had to create space for everybody to show their true potential and ability to perform in a space that they are elected to serve on."
According to The Sowetan, Mchunu has had a difficult relationship with his successor, Zwakele Mncwango, who was elected leader in KZN in 2015.
Nevertheless, Mchunu has embarked on his journey with the ANC. Briefly.co.za gathers that he appears optimistic about it:
"Today marks the end of any relationship between myself and the DA. But in the same breath today marks a journey of me and the ANC. So whilst I close a chapter with the DA‚ I'm excited and thrilled that today I assume new duties as a volunteer and activist of the ANC."
Mchunu had been joined by other former DA councillors, Claudelle Chetty-Naidoo, Renesha Jugmohan and Nalene Naidoo-Atwaru, and Njabulo Mlaba, a former NFP councillor.
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