Union woman for city’s number 2 job?

2011-06-28 00:00

ANOTHER KwaZulu-Natal trade unionist-turned councillor has become a front runner to take over as deputy mayor of the beleaguered Msunduzi Municipality following last week’s resignation of Alpha Shelembe from the post.

According to sources, former KZN chairperson of the Cosatu affiliated National Education, Health and Allied Workers’’ Union (Nehawu), Nomagugu Eunice Majola, who is currently the ANC councillor for ward 34, is likely replace Shelembe at the council’s full sitting scheduled for this week.

Majola joined Msunduzi council as an Executive Committee (Exco) member last year from Nehawu, after the removal previous Exco members who were blamed for the collapse of the municipality’s finances. She was appointed Exco member earlier this month.

If she is appointed as deputy mayor, the municipality would have two former trade unionists in its leadership as current Mayor Chris Ndlela was the provincial chairperson of Cosatu.

On Sunday and yesterday the ANC’s provincial executive committee (PEC) was locked in a meeting and the appointment of the deputy mayor and other problems engulfing the ANC’s Moses Mabhida region, were expected to feature prominently at this two-day meeting.

ANC spokesperson Makhosi Khoza, as well as the party’s provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala, were not available to comment on who the new deputy mayor would be.

During the nomination of ANC councillors earlier this year, there were complaints about Majola’s nomination as some ward 34 residents claimed she no longer stayed in the ward but had moved to Glenwood four months before the nomination process. These complaints culminated with some ANC supporters fielding an independent candidate, Fred Wagner, who was defeated by Majola during the elections.

Although her appointment is not expected to spark off protests from ANC activists similar to those that greeted Shelembe, Sbongile Mkhize, the leader of ANC activists currently staging a sit-in at the party’s regional offices, said they are concerned that whenever the ANC deploys people to senior positions in Pietermaritzburg, they are people who were previously linked to either the IFP or DA.

“We don’t know much about Majola. We are concerned that she is married to the brother of IFP caucus leader in Msunduzi, Dolo Zondi. This means that the ANC either overlooks or is undermining the leaders that were groomed within the ANC,” Mkhize said.

Majola could not be reached for comment.

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