Buffalo City mayor finally takes office

2015-06-11 17:03


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East London - A new mayor for the Buffalo City Metro was finally inaugurated on Thursday, a day after it was scheduled to happen.

Former MPL Alfred Mtsi's inauguration was set for Wednesday, but was postponed without reasons being supplied. Xola Pakati will serve as deputy mayor.

However, obvious from Thursday's inauguration ceremony, was that ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane’s demand for a united front was heeded, without a single show of dissension.

Mtsi said he and Pakati would demand stability in the council, warning that “BCM employees will do the work they are employed to do” and that “there would be consequences for non-performance”.

He went on to say: “There are only ten months left [to municipal elections] and we cannot spend our energy in fighting each other.”

The metro has had four mayors in five years, and six city managers over the same period.

The previous mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha, and deputy Temba Tinta were redeployed late last week. Both are still on bail after being arrested for their alleged part in the R10.6m Nelson Mandela funeral transport scandal.

The “mayor-go-round” started in 2011 with Zintle Peters. Next was Sakumzi Caga, who lasted a matter of weeks, and Zukisa Faku.

DA councillor Rob Muzzell said of the new appointments: “The mayor’s team and the city manager must work together. Cut out all the petty power struggles. Ignore that and we won’t have a viable city.”

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