New mayor for Estcourt

2010-11-06 00:00

DESPITE reports of ongoing threats aimed at forcing Estcourt Inkatha Freedom Party councilors to resign en masse following the expulsion of uMtshezi Mayor Maliyakhe Lymon Shelembe, the uMtshezi Municipality is to elect a new mayor on Tuesday.

IFP national organiser Albert Mangaqa Mncwango confirmed yesterday that the party has ordered its caucus in uMtshezi to convene a meeting to elect a new mayor.

Mncwango confirmed widespread reports that IFP councilors have been under threat to resign in solidarity with the expulsion of Shelembe.

“However, despite the threats, the meeting to elect the new mayor will go ahead,” he said.

Shelembe’s expulsion from the IFP, which is linked to an internal feud in the party, sent shockwaves through the area, with some IFP supporters threatening to make the municipality ungovernable until Shelembe is reinstated.

Shelembe was expelled after an IFP disciplinary hearing found him guilty of bringing the party into disrepute over his refusal to step down after being ordered to do so by the party.

uMtshezi ANC councillor Phiwokwakhe Sokhela confirmed that the speaker and IFP uMtshezi constituency chairperson, Bhekithemba Dlamini, has convened a full council sitting for Tuesday at which the new mayor is expected to be elected.


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