Nonhle Mkhulisa, mayoral candidate for UThungulu District Municipality. (Amanda Khoza, News24)
Durban – There was nothing strange about former premier Senzo Mchunu’s wife, Thembeka, not returning as uThungulu district municipality mayor after the August 3 elections, the KwaZulu-Natal ANC said on Tuesday.
uThukela district municipality mayor Dudu Mazibuko, who introduced the bursaries for virgins, would also not return as mayor, provincial ANC treasurer Nomusa Dube-Ncube told reporters in Durban.
The party was introducing its mayoral candidates for the province’s “strategic” municipalities.
She would not comment on why some mayors had been replaced.
“The ANC in its wisdom ensured that we have the leadership of the mayors in the province that can stand the test of time.
“They were deployed by the ANC and the ANC now determined that these incoming mayors will take the baton.”
Nonhle Mkhulisa was nominated to replace Thembeka Mchunu as mayoral candidate. Last month, her husband was axed as premier and replaced by Willies Mchunu.
Thembeka Mchunu was not immediately available to comment.
Dube-Ncube said it was irrelevant who was appointed and who not.
“All the comrades that were there before did their best given the situation and circumstances that they were working under,” Dube-Ncube.
She said the new mayoral candidates’ list included both current and new names.
Some mayors were returning for a second term of office, like Mluleki Ndobe, Thobekile Mamphumulo, and Nomusa Mqwebu.
Dube-Ncube said strategic municipalities were secondary cities or aspiring metros. This meant they were consolidating and becoming metros like Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, and Newcastle.
Provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala said the party would introduce the candidates to its branches.
They did not anticipate a backlash to the nominations like there was in Tshwane. Last week, ANC members reacted to the nomination of Thoko Didiza as Tshwane mayoral candidate by protesting, looting, and burning property.
Five people were killed.