East London - The ANC in the Eastern Cape has intervened in the Buffalo City metro, replacing its mayor and deputy mayor.Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha was replaced by Alfred Mtsi and her deputy Temba Tinta was replaced by Xola Phakathi.Ncitha and Tinta are facing fraud and money laundering charges related to the misuse of money meant for transporting people to Nelson Mandela’s funeral in 2013."Pursuant to resolving challenges that were experienced in the Buffalo City municipal council, the ANC has resolved to make intervention in the leadership structures," the party's provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said in a statement on Saturday."Our decision was based on the fact that, if the current situation continues unabating, then it would have made it difficult for the municipality to accomplish targets set in our local government elections manifesto."Service deliveryThe two still had to be sworn in.Mabuyane said the municipality needed political and administrative intervention.The intervention followed concerns raised by the community within the Buffalo City metro on matters of service delivery, he said.Mabuyane called on the party's structures to support the new mayor and deputy."We are confident that the leadership collective coming into the metro will work with all structures of the metro from workers, management, councillors, including those from opposition parties, all residents, business and civil society to make the municipality work."The ANC recently replaced Nelson Mandela Bay Metro mayor Benson Fihla with SA Football Association boss Danny Jordaan.The reshuffles come ahead of next year's local government elections where the fight between political parties for the metros is expected to be tough.