Edward Senzo Mchunu – Premier of Kwazulu-Natal

Edward Senzo Mchunu was born in April 1958 at eNhlwathi in the area of KwaHlabisa, eMkhanyakude District. Currently he resides at Empangeni, and is married to Mrs Thandeka Mchunu who is also the Mayor of uThungulu District Municipality. They have been blessed with four (4) children, two girls and two boys.

He started his primary schooling at iNhlwathi Primary School, and secondary education was completed at Mbopha Secondary School in KwaHlabisa. He completed his high school education at Amakholwa High School, Sinathing in Pietermaritzburg. Because of the apartheid education system, most rural schools did not offer high school education and learners were forced to migrate to urban areas in to complete their matriculation.

In 1981 he registered for a Bachelor of Pedagogics (B Paed.) degree through the University of Zululand. In the first two years he obtained Secondary Teachers’ Diploma in 1982. In October 1984 just before his final fourth year exams, the University closed down following protracted student protests on campus. His chances to complete his studies there ended when he was denied any possibility of re-registering at the university. To register with the University of South Africa, the University of Zululand could only issue a letter of disclaimer saying that the university could admit him at their own risk. In 1986 he completed his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree through the University of South Africa with majors in Education and International Relations. In 2002 Mchunu enrolled with the University of Free State for a two-year Masters Programme in Political Transformation, of which one year was completed.

In 1985 Mr Mchunu began his teaching career at St Augustine’s High School at Nquthu which was a legendary rural boarding school. In 1988 he was transferred to Eshowe and taught at Impande High School until the advent of his fulltime political career in 1991.




He was appointed as a scribe of the Regional Interim Committee of the ANC in Northern Natal.


He was elected as the first Regional Secretary of the Northern Natal Region of the ANC.


He was re-elected as the Regional Secretary of Northern Natal in the second regional conference.


He was re-elected at the third regional conference of Northern Natal as Regional Secretary


He was re-elected for the fourth term as the Regional Secretary of the Northern Natal Region of the ANC

Dec 1994

He was elected as the first Provincial Secretary of the ANC in KZN following the merger of three regions in the Province. This was a two-year term.


He was elected Regional Deputy Secretary


Ordinary member of the KZN Legislature

1999 to 2002

Chairperson of the Agriculture Portfolio Committee

2002 to 2004

Chairperson of the Social Development Portfolio Committee

2004 to 2009

Chairperson of the Education Portfolio Committee  

May 2009 to September 2013

MEC for Education in KZN

March 2013 to date

Provincial Chairperson of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal

Sept 2013 to May 2014

 Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Province

May 2014

Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Province


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