ANC duo deny voting with MK for KZN Premier 

By Celani Sikhakhane

Two important ANC leaders at the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature have rejected rumours that they are working with the uMkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party. 

Former health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Mngadi and former transport MEC Sipho Hlomuka were rumoured to be among the ANC members who might vote for the MK party for the position of premier because they are not happy with the coalition of the ANC, IFP, NFP, and DA.

Speaking to Scrolla.Africa during a five-minute photo session in the chamber, Simelane-Mngadi made it clear that her vote was not a secret.

“It’s a lie because my vote is not a secret. It’s a known fact that I’m voting for the ANC,” she said.

“Who told you that? These are lies,” said Hlomuka.

The DA and IFP proposed the name of ANC member Nontembeko Boyce for the position of Speaker.

However, MK proposed Marvin Dirks, which was supported by Hlobisile Dlamini, the sister of ANC heavyweight Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the former health minister.

Hlobisile Dlamini left the ANC and joined MK after the ANC excluded her from the 2019 general election list to the KZN legislature.

Acting Judge President Thoba Poyo-Dlwati, who is presiding over the sitting, ruled for a secret ballot to vote for the Speaker.

MK continued to raise points of order as they were unhappy about the voting process. The EFF also raised concerns and questioned why IEC materials were used, saying they no longer trust the election monitoring body.

MK also raised concerns about why IFP, ANC, DA, and NFP members were showing off their voting papers, saying the ballot was meant to be a secret.

Andile Biyela, a new IFP member, told Poyo-Dlwati that if she continued to entertain points of order while the voting process was underway, she would open a can of worms.

When this piece was published, the voting was still underway, and our story will be updated once the results are known.

Pictured above: ANC members of the KZN legislature Siboniso Duma, Nomagugu Simelane-Mngadi, and Sipho Hlomuka.

Source: Celani Sikhakhane

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