The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Sile Zikalala.

The party reports that Zikalala offered his resignation to the regional executive committee (PEC) on Thursday.

“The PEC contacted ANC national officials and was instructed to recommend three names of comrades who would go through the interview process. The names of Cdes Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Amanda Bani and Mbali Fraizer have been submitted and they are going for interviews tomorrow.”

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The ANC says it accepted Zikalala’s resignation with pain and difficulty as he was still doing an excellent job in the province since he took office.

“We are grateful for the work he has done for the people of this province and we appreciate that he has made a conscious decision not to leave office hastily.

Cde Zikalala’s representation has brought many benefits in the province, including a number of provincial government departments receiving unconditional audit results for the first time. We thank Cde Zikalala for his dedication to serving the people of KwaZulu-Natal as entrusted by the ANC,” the party said.

The ANC says the new prime minister will be sworn in after interviews are completed and Zikalala’s resignation is confirmed by the provincial legislature.

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