Lucky Moloi elected secretary in new Bhambatha leadership

2011-12-13 00:00

FORMER Msunduzi and uMgungundlovu district councillor and city businessman Lucky Moloi was elec­ted secretary of the ANC in the Inkosi Bhambatha region.

He is part of a new leadership that made a clean sweep at an elective conference held this weekend.

The Inkosi Bhambatha region is a broad area that covers Nqutu, Msinga, Umvoti (Greytown) and Endumeni (Dundee).

The new chairperson is uMzinya­thi district mayor the Reverend James Mthethwa.

Mthethwa ousted Umvoti businessman and mayor Philani Mavundla, chairperson for the past two terms, a period of five years.

The 20-member Inkosi Bhambatha regional executive committee (REC) includes only two former members, Fikile Khumalo and Lusiwe Ngubane, who were retained to maintain a balance in gender.

The two-day elective conference was marred by logistical problems and voting only got under way around 9 pm on Saturday night and continued until 5 am on Sunday.

The election was concluded by 10 pm on Sunday night.

Moloi told The Witness he has been based in the region for the past four years. This was the area where he grew up.

Members of the ANC said questions were raised three years ago when Moloi became chairperson of both his branch in Nqutu and the southern area of the Bhambatha region.

He was known for belonging to the ANC in Msunduzi, where he was embroiled in a court case alongside two fellow former councillors, Alpha Shelembe and Themba Zungu, over alleged kickbacks for the sale of a property to the district municipality.

An angry Moloi lambasted The Witness for mentioning the court case, saying it was totally unrelated to the REC elections.

He said he was tired of the old stories and journalism that harps on the past. He said such actions prevent people from getting on with their lives

Moloi said his work now involves social transformation, previously it was with economic transformation.

He is also the provincial organiser for the South African National Civics Organisation (Sanco).

Neither the region’s former chairperson Mavundla nor the incumbent Mthethwa were available for comment yesterday.

ANC insiders say both are ardent supporters of President Jacob Zuma, and that the election has resul­ted in one faction replacing another.

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