Chief Whip still to be decided

2011-08-01 00:00

THE Msunduzi Muncipality is yet to appoint their council Chief Whip, nearly a month after the council reshuffled after the resignation of former Deputy Mayor Alpha Shelembe.

Shelembe stepped down as deputy mayor on June 20, and nine days later the reshuffling took place with Thobani Zuma, who was initially inducted as council Chief Whip, replacing Shelembe.

Zuma was inducted along with Babu Baijoo, who replaced Zonke Mbatha as Speaker following Mbatha’s resignation. On the day, however, a Chief Whip was not appointed.

According to municipal insiders, veteran ANC member Truman Magubane is the unanimous choice within the ruling party in the region to take up the Chief Whip position.

Magubane was the Chief Whip in the previous council, however, he did not make the ANC’s party list for the May 18 local government elections.

The process of having Magubane appointed as Chief Whip, said sources, is stalling because he was not on the list of councillors and since Shelembe resigned a vacancy has opened up.

However, the municipality has applied to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to have Magubane’s name included in the Msunduzi’s list of councillors before he is appointed.

ANC Moses Mabhida Regional Secretary, Supa Zuma said, “We have submitted the list with IEC and we do not know what is causing the delay.”

Zuma did not want to confirm the name of the new Chief Whip, saying that it will not be appropriate for the organisation to name him in the media before that person has been told.

KZN Chief Electoral Officer, Mawethu Mosery said, “I cannot comment on when the vacancy will be filled, however, the normal process is that the municipal manager is given seven days in order to write a letter declaring a vacancy to the IEC.”

The Acting Municipal Manager, Thokozani Maseko confirmed that he did write and send the letter to the IEC and they are waiting for them to respond before filling the vacancy.

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