New Buffalo City mayor, deputy to be sworn in

2015-06-09 17:27


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East London – Buffalo City can expect their new mayor and deputy mayor to be elected during a special council meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

This follows an instruction last week from the ANC's provincial leadership in which they apparently told the mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha, and the deputy mayor, Temba Tinta, to resign from their posts.

The two ANC candidates that have been selected to replace Ncitha and Tinta are MPL Alfred Mtsi, who will replace Ncitha as executive mayor, and MPL and former secretary of Cosatu, Xola Pakati, who will replace Tinta as deputy mayor.

Provincial ANC secretary Oscar Mabuyane announced that Ncitha and Tinta had already resigned as councillors. Following their resignations, the mayoral committee will also be dissolved, which means the municipality can expect to see further changes in senior political leadership once the new mayor and deputy have been sworn in.

Mabuyane also indicated that municipal manager Andile Fani, who has been at loggerheads with Ncitha for quite some time, was also in the firing line, but that this would be handled by the Buffalo City Municipality's (BCM) council, as they had the authority to effect administrative changes.

Ncitha will be redeployed to the National Council of Provinces and Tinta to the Bhisho Legislature as an ANC MPL.

BCM mayoral spokesperson, Sibusiso Cindi, has confirmed that the special meeting will be convened on Wednesday.

The mayoral changes in BCM follow hot on the heels of the recent resignation of the Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Benson Fihla, who was replaced by soccer administrator Danny Jordaan, along with deputy mayor, Chippa Ngcolomba, replaced by former deputy mayor, Bicks Ndoni.

The political reshuffling has been seen as the ANC addressing the instability and factional infighting that has been rife across the Eastern Cape as it prepares for the 2016 municipal elections.

Ncitha, Tima and eight others including ANC Buffalo City regional secretary Phumlani Mkolo; Mkolo’s ex-girlfriend, Nosiphiwo Mati, and current girlfriend, Zintle Nkuhlu; council speaker Luleka Simon-Ndzele; BCM councillor, Sindiswa Gomba; director in Ncitha’s office, Ondela Mahlangu, and business people Viwe Vazi and Dean Fanoe were implicated in the R5.985 million scam to defraud BCM of money earmarked to ferry mourners to memorial services after former President Nelson Mandela’s death in December 2013.

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