Swearing in of Buffalo City mayor postponed

2015-06-10 17:08
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East London - The scheduled swearing in of Buffalo City Metro’s (BCM) new mayor and deputy on Wednesday, was postponed by 24 hours.

No reasons were given for the delay.

However, BCM councillors, speaking off the record, said the delay was due to provincial ANC leaders’ inability to get the BCM ANC councillors to show a united front at the swearing in.

ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane, according to the sources, is believed to have met with ANC councillors on Tuesday, informing them of the province’s goal to change senior BCM structures.

Former MPLs Alfred Mtsi and Xola Pakati have been nominated to fill the respective posts. 

The previous incumbents, Zukiswa Ncitha and Temba Tinta, were redeployed late last week after heeding the province’s call for their resignation.

Both are still on bail, having been accused of unethical behaviour in the R10.6m Nelson Mandela funeral transport scandal.

The changes Mabuyane wants could start with Mtsi choosing several new faces in the 12-person mayoral committee.

The task of  uniting the factionalised council will be tougher.

Ncitha is heading to the National Council of Provinces as an MP, and Tinta to the Bhisho legislature as an MPL.

The municipal manager, Andile Fani, also asked to resign last week, had not responded at the time of going to press.

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