KZN ANC shows its hand

2016-06-29 11:40
ANC provincial treasurer Nomusa Dube-Ncube, chairperson Sihle Zikala and secretary Super Zuma sit in front of the party’s mayoral candidates who were introduced.

ANC provincial treasurer Nomusa Dube-Ncube, chairperson Sihle Zikala and secretary Super Zuma sit in front of the party’s mayoral candidates who were introduced. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Thobekile Maphumulo, who has served two terms as Mkhambathini mayor, was announced as the ANC’s Umngungundlovu District Municipality mayoral candidate.

Maphumulo will replace Yusuf Bhamjee.

Provincial MEC for Economic Development Sihle Zikalala said Bhamjee would be going to another sphere of government.

Of the 13 mayoral candidates that were introduced by the ANC on Tuesday, only Msunduzi’s mayoral candidate is not a member of either the regional executive committee nor a member of the provincial executive committee.

Themba Njilo, who has a diverse business portfolio including running a funeral parlour and artist management, is considered a left field candidate as the others announced yesterday are either regional chairpersons or senior ANC office bearers.

The announcement of Njilo’s name as mayoral candidate by the national executive committee of the ANC two weeks ago had even taken ANC members by surprise.

Njilo’s name does not appear on the list published by the Independent Electoral Commission of the proportional representative candidates representing the ANC in Msunduzi.

Instead, deputy mayor Thobani Zuma, former deputy mayor Jabu Ngubo and Philisiwe Sithole’s names lead the pack of the party’s 34 candidates.

The trio had been originally nominated top of the list by the branches during the list conference.

How Njilo managed to leapfrog the trio still remains a talking point in the region’s branches.

Njilo had previously told The Witness that he had only learnt about his nomination on the eve of the announcement.

Provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala said Njilo’s name was among the three names that were sent by the region to the province.

“The province deliberated on the three names and we chose one. The name had also to be verified by the national executive committee.”

Zikalala said Njilo’s nomination proved that the regional leadership “can think out of the box”.

The wife of former premier Senzo Mchunu and Uthungulu municipality mayor, Thembeka Mchunu, will be replaced by Nonhle Mkhulisi.

Zikalala said this did not mean that Mchunu had been rejected.

“It is the ANC that deploys,” he said.

Provincial secretary Super Zuma admitted that the local government election nomination process had been difficult for the party.

“The nomination process did put a strain on the unity of the ANC and its alliance partners.

“We have, however, through internal political dialogue, resolved all internal disputes and have reached a common ground with our alliance partners.

“They have now rallied behind all our wards and mayoral candidates have pledged their full support.”

The mayoral candidates are:

• Zululand District — Innocent Sipho Nkosi

• Umkhanyakude District — Solomon Mkhombo

• Umzinyathi District Municipality —
Lindokuhle Ngubane

• uThungulu District Municipality — Nonhle Mkhulisi

• iLembe District — Siduduzo Gumede

• Ugu District — Tolomane Mnyayiza

• uMgungundlovu District – Thobekile Mamphumulo

• Uthukela District — Siphiwe Mazibuko

• Amajuba District — Musa Ngubane

• Harry Gwala District — Mluleki Ndobe

• eThekwini Metro — Zandile Gumede

Strategic municipalities

• Msunduzi Municipality — Themba Njilo

• Newcastle Municipality — Makhosini Nkosi

• Ray Nkonyeni Municipality — Nomusa Mqwebu

• uMhlathuze Municipality — Mdu Mhlongo

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

THE maiden bursary scheme will not be discontinued.

The scheme was started by outgoing Uthukela mayor Dudu Mazibuko and provides funding for young women to further their tertiary studies provided that they are still virgins.

The Commission for Gender Equality ruled that the so-called maiden bursary was both unfair and unconstitutional.

With Dudu Mazibuko set to be replaced by Siphiwe Mazibuko, ANC provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala said the programme will not be discontinued but would be expanded to include young women who are not virgins. Zikalala said the aim was to encourage young women to conduct themselves in a disciplined manner.

The Commission for Gender Equality has given authorities two months to accept its recommendations and implement new policies by next year. — WR.

Zikalala lambasted the media’s story “from nowhere” about an apparent lobby to have Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube standing as the party’s eThekwini mayoral candidate.

Following weeks of speculation about the apparent lobby, regional chairperson Zandile Gumede was announced as the party’s mayoral candidate.

Zikalala said the story had been “manufactured” to divide the regional and provincial leadership.

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