New mayors announced only after local elections

2016-07-28 10:26
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Pietermaritzburg - Out-of-favour senior political office bearers in the region will only know their fate after the local government elections, the ANC has said.

While it has been confirmed that Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela and uMgungundlovu District mayor Yusuf Bhamjee would not be wearing the mayoral chains in their respective municipalities come August 3, it had not been clear whether uMngeni mayor Mbali Myeni would be able to hold on to her position after she was nominated at the bottom of the list in the ANC’s uMngeni Municipality list.

At a press briefing yesterday ANC regional chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwane said the party would “take care” of these leaders.

He said their deployment was not an employment, and it came with responsibilities.

Dlungwane also said the region would only announce its mayors for the rest of the municipalities in the region after the local government elections.

Only Msunduzi mayoral candidate Themba Njilo and uMgungundlovu mayoral candidate Thobekile Maphumulo were announced by the party.

Dlungwane also took a clear swipe at the DA, Cope, UDM and the EFF.

“We are not concerned about people who want to claim Mandela’s legacy. Mandela himself said that his blood is black, gold and green.

“He also said that when he dies, he will join the ANC branch in heaven. He said if there was no branch there, he will open one.

“Madiba said it himself that the DA is a Mickey Mouse organisation,” he said.

Dlungwane said Cope, UDM and EFF were formed by “angry” people who had either lost out at the party’s elective conference or had been expelled.

He took particular aim at EFF leader Julius Malema, whom he served under in the ANC Youth League.

While Malema was the president of the organisation, Dlungwane served as the provincial chairperson prior to Malema disbanding the provincial leadership in 2012.

“When they were called to answer for their sins at Luthuli House [ANC headquarters], they said to us, we must come and protest outside the venue.

“We said to them, we cannot do that because we did not join individuals, but we joined the organisation. You all know what they did to us after that.

“They stole ANC Youth League ideas. That organisation has no policy whatsoever. I have always asked the Youth League why they have not opened a case,” he said.

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THE beleaguered NFP was dealt another blow yesterday when its Msunduzi caucus leader and member of the provincial executive committee Ntokozo Bhengu jumped ship.

The former IFP councillor joined the ANC, along with a host of other members who are believed to be from NFP, DA and EFF.

The NFP’s chances of participating in the upcoming local government elections are still up in the air as the Electoral Court will only decide its fate tomorrow.

The party was disqualified from local government elections after it failed to pay the R400 000 deposit by the June 2 deadline.

Bhengu said he saw no point in staying in a “small party”.

“I have chosen the winning party. I have joined a party that cares for its people. I have joined a moving vehicle that is well oiled,” he said.

Bhengu said he had accepted that he will only serve as an ordinary member in his new party whereas he had been an executive committee member in Msunduzi while he was with the NFP.

“I did not come here for positions,” he said, before adding that a lot of NFP members from his branch would be joining the ANC.

“[Yesterday] we had two taxis and a bakkie carrying supporters from my branch,” he said.

Acting NFP chairperson Bheki Gumbi said the party respected Bhengu’s right to associate with whatever party he wishes to associate himself with.

“As much as losing members is a worrying factor to us, we also believe in democracy,” he said.

ANC regional chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwane said the new members would be taken through an “extensive” six-month political education programme to learn the processes of the ANC. — WR.

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