ANC sacks deputy mayor

2011-01-31 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee (PEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) has “recalled” the deputy mayor of uMngeni Municipality in Howick amidst complaints from members of the public about her allegedly “erratic” behaviour.

A spokesperson for the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, Makhosi Khoza, confirmed in an interview with The Witness yesterday that the PEC recalled Ningi Mkhize after it had received various complaints from the public in Howick.

“Among the complaints was that she was using insulting language in her dealings with members of the public.

“We decided to institute an investigation, which was completed in December last year.

“The findings were that she was indeed behaving in an unbecoming manner for an ANC leader.

“The PEC decided that she should be recalled and be assisted to grow on how ANC leaders should behave …” Khoza said.

Khoza would not specify what Mkhize actually did, but insisted that the intention is not to destroy her “but to give her an opportunity to learn as we intend re-deploying her should there be a change in her behaviour”.

Mkhize, who is an ANC PR councillor in uMngeni, was appointed the deputy mayor last year, taking over from ANC ward 1 councillor Maggie Ndlovu.

Mkhize confirmed she had been removed from the position and said she could not comment on the reasons behind her recall “as the provincial leadership have spoken on the matter”.

“I am a member of the ANC and I did not deploy myself to that position. It’s the provincial leadership’s decision to redeploy…”

Some community members who asked not to be named blamed Mkhize for internal squabbles in the ANC in the area that led to the organisation losing ward 4 to an independent candidate during a by-election held towards the end of last year.

Khoza said the ANC’s deployment committee will decide soon on who will replace Mkhize and that she will continue as the organisation’s councillor.

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