Mayor’s bid for illegally occupied residence tabled

2011-06-01 13:36

The Mbombela municipality in Mpumalanga is considering turning a house that was illegally occupied by its newly appointed executive mayor, Cathy Dlamini, into an official mayor’s residence.

Mbombela spokesperson Joseph Ngala told City Press that the proposal would be tabled before council.

The name of Dlamini, an ally of Premier David Mabuza, was included in the Mbombela candidate list without having been nominated by any nomination list conference just before all the names were submitted to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

After that controversy – which provincial ANC secretary Lucky Ndinisa called a “political intervention” – City Press reported that Dlamini was involved in a legal wrangle with the municipality over the alleged illegal occupation of two municipal houses.

One house, in White River, was occupied by her relative, while she occupied another one in Elandshoek.

According to documents, Dlamini requested the council to sell her the White River house after it obtained an eviction order from the White River Magistrates Court.

When approached for comment on the matter at the time, Dlamini refused to discuss it.Ngala said that the proposal to convert the White River house would be tabled before council.

“The mayor offered to purchase that house and the municipality was considering that request. Her suggestion to buy it means she didn’t dispute that she invaded,” Ngala said.

“Now, the proposal to turn that house into the official residence of the mayor coincides with the fact that council has to get her a house because she is the mayor now,” he added.

Ngala could not, however, shed light on what the municipality was doing about Dlamini’s alleged illegal occupation of the Elandshoek house.

Dlamini’s cellphone rang unanswered.

“I’m not informed about the status of the Elandshoek house. I’m not sure if the court has issued any judgment there,” Ngala said.

Dlamini replaced Mabuza’s rival, Lassy Chiwayo, as executive mayor of the province’s capital.

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