MK is a potential kingmaker in KZN

By Zukile Majova
Political Editor

If KwaZulu-Natal ends up being run by a coalition government, the Umkhonto Wesizwe party (MK) is fielding its best candidate as a potential future premier of the province.

MK is unlikely to snatch KZN from the ANC or the IFP but is expected to emerge as the kingmaker in a hung province.

Combining skills in criminal intelligence, the legal fraternity and public finance administration, MK’s Nhlanhla Ngidi brings a lot of credibility to the table.

Voter support in the province appears to be split between the resurgent IFP, the ANC, MK and others including the DA, EFF, NFP and FF Plus.

Ngidi is the former head of the crime analysis division of the now-defunct Scorpions, a specialised unit of the National Prosecuting Authority which began the criminal investigation of Jacob Zuma’s involvement in the arms deal in 2005.

He has been a member of the ANC for decades and has in the past been tipped for critical positions, including mayor of eThekwini.

But in the murky world of ANC factional politics, Ngidi often found himself backing the wrong horse.

He jumped ship to join MK after some regions nominated him for the position of ANC KZN chairperson which current premier candidate Siboniso Duma won.

Until recently Ngidi was the overall director-general of the KZN provincial government, a post he held since 2015.

With all this experience, if no party secures a clear majority in KZN, Ngidi could become a compromised premier candidate to break a deadlock between the ANC and the IFP.

The previous kingmaker party in the province, the EFF, is on the back foot having lost all recent by-elections it contested in the province.

IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa has already said the party would not be keen to work with the ANC.

“It will be difficult to work with the ANC because the ANC destroyed the country. If you want to fix South Africa, you cannot fix it with the people who destroyed it,” said Hlabisa.

He said MK was not a major threat to their support base.

“Regarding the MK, we are not threatened at all. The people of KwaZulu-Natal know who Jacob Zuma is. He had nine years as the president of our country. They know the damage he did.”

Pictured above: Nhlanhla Ngidi. 

Image source: Sihle Mavuso

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