Exco vacancies are top priority

2012-03-13 00:00

ONE of the first orders of business for the ANC’s newly elected Moses Mabhida regional executive will be who to deploy to the Msunduzi Municipality’s executive committee to fill two vacancies.

This emerged at yesterday’s Exco meeting in the city when DA caucus leader Bill Lambert asked Mayor Chris Ndlela whether he and other members were any wiser as to when these posts would be filled.

Lambert appealed to the ANC to exercise discretion and to exercise caution when doing so.

Ndlela replied that the ANC always used discretion when making appointments and that it was waiting for internal processes to be concluded.

ANC regional secretary Supa Zuma told The Witness that the region was ready to appoint the Exco members.

“We will deploy them very soon,” he said

After last year’s local government election, the municipality had 10 Exco members — seven from the ANC, two of the DA and one from the National Freedom Party (NFP).

The two vacancies arose as a result of the resignation of Alpha Shelembe, who resigned in June last year as deputy mayor after he was implicated in an arson attack on the party’s Pietermaritzburg headquarters.

The charges were later withdrawn.

Shelembe has since bounced back as the newly elected chairperson of the Moses Mabhida region, although he is no longer a councillor.

Soon after Shelembe’s resignation, then municipal speaker Zonke Mbatha resigned to become an ordinary proportional representative (PR) councillor.

The latter’s resignation resulted in Exco member Babu Baijoo’s appointment as speaker.

The two Exco posts have remained vacant since.

Meanwhile, ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala has criticised DA provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu for his comments about Shelembe’s election as regional chairperson.

In a statement, Mchunu said Shelembe’s election raised very serious questions about the ANC’s commitment to good governance.

“The selection of Shelembe, who is set to stand trial on charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering in June, is a slap in the face for ratepayers of this region.

“This is the same man who, just a short while ago, was at the forefront of the Msunduzi Municipality when total maladministration almost brought it to its knees,” he said.

Zikalala said the ANC was engaged in a campaign to root out corruption in all areas and levels of government.

“The DA statement, which questions the selection of Shelembe on the grounds that he has the case pending against him, lacks substance and it is misleading.

“It is public knowledge that Shelembe has not been found guilty by any court of law, therefore the principle of innocence until proven guilty should apply to all cases,” said Zikalala.

Members

Following the REC’s election at the weekend, the following people were elected to serve as additional members of the REC. They are, current Msunduzi deputy mayor, Thobani Zuma, Mzi Zuma, Walawala Mzolo, current ANC Youth League chairperson in the region, Fana Lembede, Sandile Dlamini, Swazi Shongwe, Sbongile Mchunu, Nozipho Sibiya, Umgungundlovu District Municipality deputy mayor, Fucwana Zungu, Mkhambathini Mayor, Thobekile Maphumulo, Maria Mvelase, Mningi Mkhize and Siphindile Zondi.

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