Mbombela mayor goes AWOL, joins NCOP
Mbombela - Employees at the Mbombela local municipality in Mpumalanga were surprised to see their mayor, Cathy Dlamini, being sworn in at the National Assembly in Cape Town.
When African Eye News Service contacted municipal officials for comment after learning that the capital city no longer had a mayor, they were equally surprised.
"According to my knowledge, our mayor is still Councillor Cathy Dlamini. I was surprised to see her on TV taking an oath as a member of the National Council of Provinces [NCOP]," said municipal spokesperson Joseph Ngala.
"I believe the ANC is still to give us another person who will replace her and, if she hands in her resignation, that means the new person has to appoint a new mayoral committee as the old one will be dissolved."
ANC provincial spokesperson Sibusiso Themba said the party will meet on Monday (26 May) to discuss the matter.
"Yes the municipal mayor is now our representative in the NCOP, however I don't know who is acting. We will wait for the provincial secretary to find if there's more information about the matter," said Themba.
Mpumalanga department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) spokesperson George Mthethwa told AENS that he was not aware of the new developments at the municipality.
"You must know that a mayor is appointed by the leading party in the municipality. We are now waiting for the organisation that deployed her. What we know is that Dlamini is mayor at Mbombela. Cogta has no say in this deployment thing,” said Mthethwa.
Mthethwa declined to comment when asked if Cogta was not responsible for the smooth running of municipal entities in the province.
He further declined to comment on whether it was normal for big changes to happen within municipalities without the knowledge of authorities within the department.
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