Durban - As the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal races against the clock to fill the vacant provincial cabinet position left by Mxolisi Kaunda, now the mayor of eThekwini, three names have been touted.
Ricardo Mthembu, Bheki Ntuli, and James Nxumalo have emerged as the front runners.
It is understood that the party’s provincial working committee (PWC) is to meet in Durban later today to discuss the matter.
After the meeting, they will recommend names to the province’s top five, led by the chairperson Sihle Zikalala. The top five in the province will also shortlist the names to three and submit them to the deployment committee.
A senior party insider said the process would be concluded this week or early next week. “The process will start when they meet to discuss a potential replacement. Thereafter, the ball will start rolling and possibly the new MEC will be in office this week or early next week,” the insider added.