A clean slate

2010-03-18 00:00

MSUNDUZI Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo, Deputy Mayor Mervyn Dirks and all the ANC executive committee (Exco) members have been recalled.

The Exco members were told about the latest development in a meeting held at the ANC Moses Mabhida regional executive committee (REC) offices in Jabu ­Ndlovu Street last night.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the ANC provincial executive committee, the party’s deployment committee, the ANC Youth League, Women’s League members, and the alliance delegation.

The axing of Hlatshwayo, Dirks and Exco members is expected to be officially announced at a press conference convened by the provincial ANC in Durban this morning.

Sources said there is a strong possibility that the restructuring of the incoming Exco may be announced at today’s press conference.

The Witness that the mayor is going to be replaced by a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature. According to sources, the likely candidate to replace Hlatshwayo is Makhosi Khoza, who chairs the economic development and tourism portfolio in the legislature. Khoza is the former chief executive officer of the South African Local Government Association and the former deputy mayor of Msunduzi.

The Witness understands that Tarr is due to retire as a member of the provincial legislature next month. Both Khoza and Tarr were not confirmed as candidates for the mayor’s post at the time of going to print.

According to municipal sources, there has been much behind-the-scenes lobbying for Khoza to replace Hlatshwayo. Khoza and Tarr were not immediately available for comment at the time of going to print.

The Witness was able to get confirmation from ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala that he has indeed resigned in favour of becoming and ordinary councillor.

The Witness yesterday, Hlatshwayo was seen packing her personal belongings and vacating her office.

The Witness yesterday, municipal staf­fers said Hlatshwayo chose to park her car at the back of the city hall instead of at the allocated mayoral parking space at the front of the entrance, so as not to draw too much attention from passers-by.

Last week, the municipality was put under an administrator after it had emerged that the municipality was plagued by poor financial management and maladministration.

Sources said the political rifts that had resul­ted in factions led by Hlatshwayo and Shelembe contributed to the council’s financial crisis.

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