Durban — KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize announced on Thursday that he was stepping down as premier of the province.
The ANC's chairman in the province Senzo Mchunu was sworn in as acting premier by KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Chiman Patel in Durban.
Mkhize said his tasks as treasurer general of the African National Congress had prompted the decision.
He praised Mchunu and his colleagues in the KwaZulu-Natal executive.
He also thanked President Jacob Zuma for his support.
Mkhize would be based at ANC headquarters Luthuli House in Johannesburg full time as from September 1.