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Tensions Rise as KZN Legislature Delays Election of Speaker for 7th Term

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The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Legislature is currently facing a deadlock in electing a new speaker for its 7th administration, amid escalating tensions among party members.

During the session, two prominent figures from the African National Congress (ANC) and the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party were nominated for the coveted position, sparking a divide in the house.

Despite the nominations, parties have not yet reached a consensus to move forward with a secret ballot, further prolonging the uncertainty surrounding the speaker’s election.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), supported by the Democratic Alliance (DA), has thrown its weight behind the ANC’s Nontembeko Boyce as their candidate for the vital speaker role, signaling a strategic political alliance in the legislature.

On the opposing end, the MK Party has put forward its own contender, Mervyn Dicks, a former Member of Parliament who previously served under the ANC banner, setting the stage for a heated electoral process.

As tensions mount and deliberations intensify, proceedings within the KZN Legislature have been temporarily halted to allow for the preparation of ballots and voting logistics.

KZN Judge President Thoba Poyo-Dlwati addressed the assembly, stating, ‘I will now suspend the election for a period sufficient to prepare for the voting… Members are requested to respond promptly to the house when the bells are rung for the voting process to commence. The doors will then be locked, ensuring the integrity of the election.’

Once the bells signal the beginning of the electoral process, a high-stakes voting procedure will unfold, starting with the selection of the speaker, followed by crucial positions such as the deputy speaker and premier, determining the leadership landscape of the 7th KZN Legislature.

Rachel Adams

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