New Mpofana mayor lives in Durban, alleges angry community

2014-12-19 00:00

THE ANC in the Moses Mabhida region is investigating allegations that the newly appointed Mooi River mayor does not reside within the boundaries of the region.

It’s been two weeks since Moureen Magubane was appointed Mooi Mpofana mayor and she has already raised the ire of the community.

The community is now calling for Magubane to be removed from office, even though she has not officially begun conducting her duties as mayor.

Magubane’s appointment follows government’s decision to dissolve the council after allegations of maladministration and poor financial management.

ANC Moses Mabhida region secretary-general Muzi Zuma said the ANC has been engaging with the community of Bruntville to hear their concerns.

“Community members from ward three in Bruntville are the ones with a problem with the mayor, the rest of the community don’t have a problem with her. We met with them on Tuesday and they indicated that they wanted the mayor to be removed. They claimed that she did not live within the boundaries of Mpofana and asked us to investigate,” said Zuma.

The community alleges that ­Magubane lives in Durban.

“We will conduct an investigation into the allegation and get back to the community, hopefully on Sunday. We can’t just take what the community says as the gospel because she is registered on the IEC voters’ roll in the area and she told us she lives in Mpofana,” said Zuma.

He said as far as the party was aware, she lived in ward four in Mpofana. “It’s important for mayors to live within the region they govern because they will be able to understand the issues facing the community better,” he said.

Zuma assured the community that the new council would restore stability. “The combination of people we have in council are ready to work, so we are confident that Mpofana will be fine.”

Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said if the attack on Magubane was personal, then Cogta cannot intervene. “If they don’t want the mayor, it’s then the political parties that need to deal with it because they put her there, there is nothing that we can do about it.”

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