Politician finds a new home

2019-07-03 06:00
Godfrey Mavundla has announced that he has joined another political party. photo: sourced

Godfrey Mavundla has announced that he has joined another political party. photo: sourced

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FORMER African National Congress (ANC) PEC member and former leader of the Inkosi Bhambatha Region, Philani Godfrey Mavundla dropped a bombshell early this week when he resigned from the ANC and joined the National Freedom Party (NFP).

Mavundla, who is also the former mayor of Greytown, said he felt his views in the ANC were no longer adding value.

“I have spoken to many of you about my views in politics [and I feel] I am no longer adding any value to our glorious movement. Furthermore, I have made it clear that, when one is given a position of trust, it’s only fair to remain trusted to the people who elevated you to the position.

“For a very long time I’ve found myself in a position where there are more people that I cannot trust than those that I can trust with political power.

“I felt that because you are very important to me it’s better that you hear this from me — I’ve officially resigned as a member of the ANC. “If you find that your views are no longer in the views of the party, obviously you will find yourself not belonging in the organisation anymore.

“As a person who has been a member of the ANC, I can see where it’s going.”

Mavundla said he feels that the members of the ANC are not safe in lower ranks.

“We never heard about ministers that have been gunned down, but it’s always about the secretary or chairperson.

“As from 2011, things have not been going well for me — that is not an issue because you rise in politics and you fall, that is fine. But at least for the last seven years I have sat idle.

It came to a point that I realised that I can still do a lot for the Matimatolo residents, people from Umvoti and Umzinyathi. I believe I can play a meaningful role in the politics of South Africa.

“I then sat and asked myself: do I sit idling or do I go to where I believe I can have a platform to play a meaningful role and be utilised to the maximum.

“The NFP approached me and asked me to join them because they are of the view that they do need my political skills.

There has been noise that I have joined the NFP and I am going to use Umvoti as the springboard. That is precisely what I am going to do,” Mavundla said.

He added that the NFP is prepared to call for by-elections at eNhlalakahle to elect a new candidate. NFP provincial spokesperson Zandile Myeni said: “We can confirm that [Mavundla] joined the NFP as from June 26.

As the NFP we are pleased to welcome a member of this calibre. He is known for being the servant of the community and as the NFP we are truly humbled by his political credentials.

When asked if Mavundla will serve in a high position in the NFP, Myeza said: “He joined the NFP as the member of an organisation without any leadership aspirations.” Spokesperson of the ANC Sduduzo Mdluli said: “We heard that he [Mavundla] resigned in the provincial level. We have not received his letter of resignation as the regional office. However, we congratulate him for joining another party and wished him the best. As the ANC we will continue working for the people of Umvoti.”


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