Former DG tops MK list for KZN legislature 

By Sihle Mavuso

The official list of the Jacob Zuma-led MK party (uMkhonto Wesizwe) for the KwaZulu-Natal legislature is topped by the former director-general of the province, Nhlanhla Ngidi. 

This makes Ngidi the likely premier candidate for the splinter party in the province where polls have already written off the ANC’s chances of retaining power amid a threat from MK and the IFP.

In another notable inclusion, MK roped in Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza as its candidate for the provincial legislature in Pietermaritzburg.

Chiliza, who is the traditional leader of the Mdunge clan in southern KZN and a former ANC member, is also the deputy traditional prime minister of the Zulu nation. 

He was appointed by King Misuzulu kaZwelithini at Isandlwana in January. 

Another notable name on the MK KZN list is Thobani Zuma, the former ANC deputy mayor of Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg) municipality.

Thobani Zuma has always been on the side of the former president in his court cases. The clan trace their lineage to the Zumas of Mpendle. 

Meanwhile, five former ANC ward councillors in the Umzumbe municipality have dumped the governing party and joined MK. 

The councillors – Ayanda Duma, Thuthukani Jeza, Bhekisisa Ngema, Thulo Mkhungo and Sibonakaliso Hadebe – cited ANC-condoned corruption in the municipality as their reason for quitting. 

Their departure paves the way for by-elections – and if the ANC is beaten, it will lose control of the municipality.

Pictured above: Nhlanhla Ngidi is leading the MK party in KwaZulu-Natal. 

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