New Msunduzi council sworn in

HIGH security guarded a packed city hall last Friday when the inauguration of the new Msunduzi Municipal council was sworn in, with many dignitaries attending.

Hoards of people flocked to the city centre to witness the new city management taking their oath. The public filled the city hall gallery and the Carbineer’s Garden of Peace next door where a huge screen was set up.

MEC for Finance and District Champion, Belinda Scott, welcomed attendees and encouraged the incoming council to ensure they work for the people of the municipality and keep in mind the mandate that is given to them by the people.

“You are here to make sure that the voice of the people is heard and to address the challenges they face. I appeal to all of you, please use us - our doors are always open for Msunduzi. I implore you to take this seriously,” she said.

In the full first sitting of council, each member formally introduced themselves to the public and media, each showing great enthusiasm for their upcoming journey as leaders in the city with many fresh faces and young ward councillors on board this term of office.

Chief Magistrate of Pietermaritzburg, Mpho Monyemore swore in all 75 councillors, however, had to continually remind the excited crowd to maintain a level of decorum while oaths were taken.

The five-hour meeting included the election of a new speaker, deputy mayor, chief whip, Executive committee and mayor.

Councillor Jabu Ngubo, who served on Exco last term, was elected as the new Msunduzi Municipality speaker, taking the place of Babu Baijoo.

Although the election of the speaker went to a vote as a result of an IFP nomination, Ngubo won the IEC secret ballot vote with a total of 51 votes out of 75 councillors.

She took her place in the meeting before giving her first speech as speaker of the house, only the second woman to have the honour.

Ngubo said she was grateful to the party who had the confidence in her to hold the position of speaker in the city and ensured them that she would live up to their expectation.

“The outgoing administration took the council out of the doldrums. For that it is only right to thank the team, under councillor Chris Ndlela. I assure you we will be guided by the law, ensure that stability is maintained and that service delivery is improved,” she said.

Councillors Thobani Zuma and Truman Magubane kept their positions of deputy mayor and chief whip respectively, however, the position of Mayor of Msunduzi went to a vote before councillor Themba Njilo was elected.


* A full list of the new councillors and their contact details will be in next weeks edition of the Maritzburg Feve

Full list of new councillors and contact details will be in next week’s ‘Maritzburg

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