Newly-elected councillors to be inaugurated

2016-08-17 06:00

ZIBUYISILE Khuzwayo-Dlamini, popularly known as Matozi, is expected to take over the helm at the Maphumulo Municipality following a resounding victory at the polls for the ANC in the area in this year’s local government elections.

The newly-elected Maphumulo council will be inaugurated today, Wednesday 17 August at the Sabuyaze Sports Ground at 10am.

According to the IEC website, the ANC emerged as the leading party in Maphumulo after racking up 56.54% of the vote, followed by the IFP with 24 262 votes – 39.82% - with newcomers the EFF at third place after managing to garner a paltry 1.4% of the votes – 854 votes.

ANC Greater KwaDukuza regional spokesperson Lucky Makhathini said the organisation is satisfied with the outcome after bagging seven wards in Maphumulo, although it fell short of the party’s target – which was to retain all 10 wards it controlled after the 2011 Local Government Elections.

He said several factors, including protests that erupted earlier in the year over candidate nomination processes, contributed to the party falling short of its target in the area.

“The results shows that the party worked hard under the circumstances,” he said.

The ANC was allocated 13 seats in the municipality’s council – seven for ward councillors and three of PR councillors, while the IFP was apportioned nine seats – four for ward councillors and five for PR councillors.

Several issues regarding the municipality’s management have come under the spotlight in recent years and have been the subject of the party’s internal investigation process and one that is allegedly ongoing by the department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA).

One such issue is the appointment of a municipal manager, which Khuzwayo-Dlamini promised to fast-track once elected into office as mayor of Maphumulo.

Khuzwayo-Dlamini said she intends to prioritise the appointment of officials in strategic positions within the municipality.

“One of these positions is that of the municipal manager. We will strengthen the relationship between the municipality and Amakhosi (tribal leaders). Among other things, we will focus on the development of youth by providing learnership programmes for young people,” she said.

She said as mayor she also aims to engage with the Department of Economic Development to assist with creating employment for locals and endeavour to make Maphumulo a tourist attraction.

Furthermore, she said she plans to work closely with the iLembe District so that its role and services it provides can be clearly outlined for the Maphumulo constituency.

Khuzwayo-Dlamini has worked as a ward councillor, an executive member of the Maphumulo council and a member of the ANC Greater KwaDukuza regional executive committee.

With regards to the ANC’s internal investigation, Makhathini said the organisation chose to withhold its findings pending the conclusion of COGTA’s probe so as to avoid any contradictions between the two outcomes.

IFP’s iLembe District chairperson Msawenkosi Ngidi said although his organisation is concerned by the fact that a municipal manager is yet to be officially appointed, they, as an organisation, welcome the appointment of Khuzwayo-Dlamini and they are willing to work with her in council.

In other areas within the district, specifically in KwaDukuza, the ANC suffered an unexpected upset in two wards, namely Ward 27 (Madundube) and Ward 2 (Darnall), which were clinched by independent candidates who were contesting in these wards.

The two independents are said to be former ANC members who allegedly opted to go at it alone at the polls after failing to emerge during the candidate nomination process.

Makhathini said the two independents had campaigned as ANC candidates. This follows the organisation’s announcement ahead of this year’s local government elections that its members who registered as independent candidates to contest the elections would be expelled.
At least nine of the organisation’s members registered as independent candidates with the IEC. Makhathini said in addition to the independents campaigning under the banner of the ANC in these wards, they had dragged the names of the party’s candidates through the mud during their campaigns.

He said the ANC had not considered any coalition talks with other parties and independents as it received an outright majority throughout the district, but should the two independents express the desire to return to the party’s folds they would have to follow due processes like any other individual.

The ANC’s mayoral candidates for iLembe, KwaDukuza, Mandeni and Ndwedwe municipalities are Sduduzo Gumede, Ricardo Mthembu, Sphesihle Zulu and VB Chili respectively.
The inauguration of the KwaDukuza council will take place today (Wednesday), Ndwedwe and Mandeni councils are scheduled for Thursday, 18 August and iLembe District will take place on Thursday, 25 August.

We will strengthen the relationship between the municipality and Amakhosi (tribal leaders). Among other things, we will focus on the development of youth by providing learnership programmes for young people.

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