IFP’s Thami Ntuli is new premier of KZN

By Sihle Mavuso

The Government of National Unity partners won the day by two extra votes and elected the IFP’s Thami Ntuli as the new premier of KwaZulu-Natal

Ntuli, the provincial chairperson of the IFP, amassed 41 votes and defeated Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza from the Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party, who got 39 votes. 

Ntuli’s success was a result of a joint effort by the IFP, ANC, DA and National Freedom Party (NFP) alliance that muscled out a spirited attempt by the MK Party and the EFF to snatch the prized position.  

When the day’s proceedings started with the election of the new speaker, there were fears that because of the secret ballot system, some MPLs from the dominant alliance would vote for the MK Party’s candidates. 

It was not to be, as Nontombeko Boyce was elected the speaker with 41 votes to 39 for Meryvn Dirks. 

Later, the DA’s Mmabatho Tembe got 40 votes against Ishan Barciela’s 39. That was because Boyce could not vote, as she had been elected the new speaker. 

Later, Acting KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Thoba Poyo-Dlwati took over the premier’s voting process, and Boyce was allowed to vote again.  

Giving his brief acceptance speech, Ntuli, a protege of the late Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, pledged to work honestly for the people of the province.  

Inside the chambers, the winning alliance celebrated, and Prince Phumzile Buthelezi was seen trying to contain herself after she was overcome by joy following Ntuli’s election to the top provincial job.

In the public gallery, which was mainly occupied by IFP and ANC supporters, the crowd erupted in singing “Sicela uMphemba abe uPremier” – Let Mphemba (Ntuli’s clan’s name) be the premier.” 

Outside, a group of IFP supporters erupted in joy when the news was relayed to them.  

Pictured above: The new premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Thami Ntuli. 

Source: Supplied 

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