Willies Mchunu Bio
Willies Mchunu was born on May 11th, 1948. He is the current and 7th Premier of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa since May 2016. He was previously the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for the Department of Transport, Community Safety, and Liaison in the province. He is a member of the African National Congress and the former chairperson of the South African Communist Party (SACP) in KwaZulu-Natal and is a member of the Central Committee of the SACP. He is seen as a close ally of former South African President Jacob Zuma
Willies Mchunu Quick Bio
He was born on May 11th, 1948
|Political party||African National Congress|
|Wife||Zodwa Mchunu (m. 2018-Present); Dudu Mchunu (d. 2016)|
|Parents||Ntombi Machina, Mahobe Mchunu|
|Siblings||Harry Mpendulo Mchunu|
Willies Mchunu collapses while Delivering the State of the Province Address (#KZNSOPA2019)
Willies Mchunu appeared to have collapsed seconds after telling those gathered at his State of the Province Address (SOPA), that he had “a challenge” on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019.
Mchunu was a quarter of the way through his address when he called on economic development MEC Sihle Zikalala to continue with the address.
“I have a challenge, ” he said and he started to step away from the podium when government officials and family rushed to assist him.
Paramedics rushed to the front of the hall at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg.
Mchunu then appeared to have collapsed.
Some of those who rushed to assist the premier started praying as paramedics started attending to him. An ambulance was brought to the entrance of the hall so that Mchunu could be rushed to the hospital.
— Steve Bhengu (@SteveBhengu) February 27, 2019
The Doctors, later on, said that there was nothing wrong with Premier Willies Mchunu.
Willies Mchunu Controversies
In the 2009 Violence at the Kennedy Road informal settlement Willies Mchunu’s response to the violent attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo at the Kennedy Road informal settlement was and remains controversial. At the time of the attack, he claimed that the attacks were by a “criminal forum” associated with Abahlali baseMjondolo president S’bu Zikode. Abahlali baseMjondolo and many civil society organizations have called the attack on Abahlali baseMjondolo and Kennedy Road residents politically motivated and blame Mchunu for condoning the attacks by an armed group affiliated with the ANC. His response to the attacks was criticized by Bishop Rubin Phillip and Archbishop Thabo Makgoba. Mchunu refused calls for an independent investigation into the attacks. Amnesty International sent a letter of concern to Willies Mchunu, but there was no response from his office.
On July 18th, 2011, the case against the twelve members of Abahlali baseMjondolo arrested after the attacks was thrown out of court.
Deaths During Traffic Department ‘Fitness Test’ in 2012
In last 2012 six applicants for positions as traffic officers died during a fitness test and another committed suicide following which there were calls for Mchunu’s resignation.
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