Battles over mayors’ jobs

2011-05-28 00:00

INTENSE dissent has delayed the selection of ANC mayoral candidates in both eThewini and Pietermaritzburg. However, after days of late night meetings, by yesterday a settlement was reached on James Nxumalo becoming eThekwini’s mayor.

Msunduzi is not as clear cut. Trade unionist Chris Ndlela remains the front runner, as a compromise candidate acceptable to members of both the ANC and its alliances.

A sticking point in the capital city is, what to do with current Mayor Mike Tarr who, was brought in from the provincial legislature to sort out the mess at the municipality.

Some believe that Tarr should be given a chance to finish cleaning up the municipality. There is also an issue of a lack of whites on the Msunduzi’s ANC Proportional Representative (PR) list — Tarr is the only one.

There has also been dissent over gender balance and other positions including that of deputy mayor, Speakers and chief whip.

The Provincial Executive Committee had proposed Dr Makhosi Khoza as a mayoral candidate for eThekwini, but ANC structures in the city stuck with their choice of Nxumalo.

Indications are that the mayoral and deputy mayor positions for Umgungundlovu have also been settled with present mayor Yusuf Bhamjee retaining his position. The deputy mayor is expected to be a current councillor, Fucwana Zungu. The Speaker is to be former uMngeni Mayor, Edward Dladla.

With the Moses Mabhida regional committee and provincial structures unable to agree on an Msunduzi mayoral candidate, a final decision may have to be made by the ANC National Working Committee this weekend.

The dissent has resulted in the inauguration of the new Msunduzi council being postponed. It was expected to take place on Wednesday, June 1 but will now take place on Friday June 3 at 10.30 am.

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