Msunduzi’s new leaders to be announced today

2010-03-25 00:00

CITY leadership is set be restored today when the new political heads are formally announced at a special full council meeting at the city hall this afternoon.

This is the first council meeting since the ANC took a decision to boot out former mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo, deputy mayor Mervyn Dirks, council speaker Alpha Shelembe and executive committee (Exco) members last week over their poor political oversight at the beleaguered Msunduzi Municipality.

Sources who spoke to The Witness on condition of anonymity said ANC MPL Mike Tarr is set to take over the mayorship while his deputy is likely to be Joyce Ngcobo, who has links with the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu).

Nehawu members contacted by The Witness said they have not heard of Ngcobo, but it is believed she has close ties with Supa Zuma, regional executive committee chairman of the ANC.

Exco members who will retain their positions are Zonke Mbatha, Gerrit Meyer and Tholakele Dlamini, said sources.

ANC proportional representation councillors who have been brought in to serve Exco in place of Pops Chetty and Themba Zungu are Najma Ahmed and Nomabhelu Duze, sources said.

Although Chetty has been demoted, sources said he will remain in the municipality, but only as a normal councillor.

The political futures of Hlatshwayo, Dirks and Zungu remain uncertain, but Shelembe stays on as a ward councillor.

Sehla Ngubane, who never resigned, will remain as chief whip.

DA caucus leader Bill Lambert, who is his party’s preferred candidate for mayor, said everyone is tight-lipped and the only definite appointment they were told about was Tarr’s.

IFP caucus leader Dolo Zondi said his party has yet to elect a candidate for mayor, but this may happen at their party meeting at noon today. “We might not even nominate someone because it’s a waste of time, as the ANC holds majority,” he said.

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