Mayor’s resignation welcomed

2013-06-14 00:00

OPPOSITION parties in uMvoti Municipality in Greytown have welcomed the decision of Mayor Philani Mavundla to resign.

This after Mavundla shocked the council on Wednesday by announcing his resignation instead of presenting a mayoral budget vote.

IFP caucus leader Mbangiseni Yengwa said although they tried to plead with him to present a budget vote because the motion to dissolve the executive committee was not on the agenda, he did believe Mavundla’s decision to resign was well thought out because the motion was not even tabled on Wednesday.

He said the mayor resigned in front of the public and members of the media so that his resignation was recorded by council.

“We were shocked at the mayor’s decision because we were not expecting it, but it is his democratic right to do so,” he said.

Yengwa said all that was required was for the speaker to call for a special Exco meeting so that they could elect a new Exco member as following Mavundla’s resignation a vacancy had opened.

“In that meeting, we will also be electing the new mayor so that we can approve a budget before the end of June,” he said.

Yengwa said they would not object if Mavundla’s party still voted for him to serve in Exco and would work with him even if he got majority votes for the mayoral position.

NFP chief whip, Enoch Shange said they understood and were still committed to the memorandum of understanding between the NFP and ANC, but they had been unhappy with some of the decisions that were taken by Mavundla without consulting them as members of the coalition that was ruling the municipality.

“It was not the first time that a motion to dissolve the Exco was moved. The IFP tried to do so and we were supportive then, but our leadership talked us out of supporting that motion,” he said.

Shange said Mavundla’s election as mayor was always controlled by the NFP’s deciding vote. “We needed him to consult more with us when making decisions so that we would have had a chance to address our members,” he said.

Shange said their caucus will decide whether they would still like to work with Mavundla.

DA councillor Paul Buss said the process was still not finalised and when or if their working arrangement does take over uMvoti, they had a lot of hard work to do to remedy the situation the administration of uMvoti is in. “We have committed to serve and deliver what our community deserves,” said Buss.

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