ANC tells Mbizana councillors to resign

2013-04-08 13:48

Councillors in the Eastern Cape’s Mbizana Municipality have been told to resign by the ANC’s top leaders, the party in the province confirmed.

“On Friday, party president (Jacob Zuma) and his top six visited Mbizana Local Municipality, which has been having challenges since mid-2012,” said ANC Eastern Cape spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane.

He said they ordered that the mayor, speaker and chief whip tender their resignations today, and that the contract of the municipal manager be reviewed.

This would allow the establishment of a new administration and clean governance structures.

The municipality was placed under provincial administration last year.

This comes after the unprocedural suspension of municipal manager Simphiwe Thobela, which was later reversed by the courts, as well as illegal council meetings, which were nullified by the courts.

“(There was) total defiance of both the province and national guidance,” said Qoboshiyane.

He said Zuma, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte and treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize were fulfilling their obligation to address the municipal problems.

A special council meeting would be held to appoint new presiding officers.

“We are intolerant of municipal administrative chaos where service delivery takes a back seat ... infighting, lack of accountability, improper appointments and corrupt practices continue unabated,” said Qoboshiyane.

“Such is not going to be accepted,” he said.

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