New Giyani council vows to ends factionalism

2016-08-18 20:16

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

WATCH: Voting on bread and butter issues

2016-08-02 11:35

Many voters' relationship with councillors is pragmatic and focuses on concrete issues.WATCH

Giyani - The Limpopo ANC on Thursday appointed the former mayor of Greater Giyani Municipality Patrick Hlungwani as the new speaker of the council.

This was part of efforts to tackle recent factionalism within the Mopani region, and bring unity in the organisation.

ANC regional secretary Baskop Makamu and chairperson Seaparo Seakoti were at loggerheads at the party’s candidate list conference ahead of the August 3 local government elections. Makamu's camp was victorious.

Hlungwani was elected on Thursday, at the first meeting of the new council. He was mayor of Greater Giyani Municipality from 2011 until last year. Former speaker Sasavona Mathebula was appointed mayor and Richard Mashali as the chief whip.

Hlungwani said he would give his full support to Mathebula and urged the other councillors to do the same.

Sasavona urged the new council to unite.

“We must put our differences behind us and work together to bring services to the people, especially empowering the youth who are facing a high rate of unemployment,” she said.

She called all concerned parties, including pastors, traditional leaders and political parties to work together to rid Giyani of its reputation as an underperforming municipality.

Ximoko Party leader Mafakhale Makamu said ANC councillors had to stop forming factions and focus on delivering services.

Democratic Alliance leader Richard Shivambu said: “The time for fighting one another is over. We are no longer representing our political parties, but we are all the government of the people now.”

- Find everything you need to know about the 2016 Local Government Elections at our News24 Elections site, including the latest news and detailed, interactive maps for how South Africa has voted over the past 3 elections, or download the app for iOS and Android.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  polokwane  |  local elections 2016  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.