Former Msunduzi council official could be in Parliament after elections

2014-03-14 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality could well have a second representative in the national Parliament after the upcoming elections.

Skhumbuzo Mpanza, former process manager for sound governance, is on the ANC’s list of candidates for the National Assembly. The Witness reported yesterday that former deputy mayor Mervin Dirks is also on the list. Mpanza was not selected by the province, but was selected nationally and placed number 141 on the national list. Dirks was selected by the province.

Mpanza also featured in the newspaper recently when it was reported that he was one of three senior managers at the municipality to resign in the past week.

He was asked whether he had resigned because he was aware that he may be nominated for a position in National Assembly, but said he had no idea about the nomination. He did not even know he was on the list until he received calls from his friends, he said.

At the time that he resigned from Msunduzi, Mpanza had acted in various leadership positions, even being the acting municipal manager at one time. He went on to become more active in fulfilling his function as the general secretary of Sanco.

Sources at the municipality said he had left because he was frustrated that he was never given a leadership position. He said he left because he felt he had overstayed his welcome and needed to explore other avenues.

Mpanza, who worked at Msuduzi Municipality for 20 years in various capacities, believes he is well equipped to serve in the National Assembly. “My years at Msunduzi gave me insight into issues of governance and my time with Sanco insight into civic issues,” he said.

In the current National Assembly, the ANC has 264 seats and 35 in the national council of provinces. If the party does as well as it did at the last election, Mpanza, at number 141, stands a good chance of becoming an MP.

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