Mpumalanga Cogta MEC declares vacancies in Nkomazi municipality to end a six-month reign of renegade mayor

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Mpumalanga Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC and ANC chairperson Mandla Ndlovu. Photo by Oris Mnisi
Mpumalanga Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC and ANC chairperson Mandla Ndlovu. Photo by Oris Mnisi

POLITICS


Mpumalanga Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Mandla Ndlovu has decided to approach the Electoral Commission of SA to declare vacancies of mayor and Speaker in the Nkomazi Local Municipality following six months of resistance.

Nkomazi Speaker Simphiwe Mashele has vehemently refused to obey the ANC’s instruction to declare the vacancies after he and mayor Johan Mkhatshwa orchestrated a power take-over by mobilising some ANC and EFF councillors to vote them into the positions after the November 1 local government elections.

READ: ‘Wayward’ Msukaligwa trio takes Mpumalanga ANC to court in bid to be reinstated

The ANC’s national executive committee had preferred Phindile Magagula to be mayor after conducting interviews.

Ndlovu wrote to Mashele on Wednesday last week.

In a letter, which City Press has seen, Ndlovu wrote:

I, Mandla Padney Ndlovu, in my capacity as MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the province hereby notify you that I have since written to the chief electoral officer declaring vacancies within the municipal council of Nkomazi Local Municipality in terms of the provision item 18(1)(c) of schedule 1 of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998, which states inter alia as follows: if the municipal manager of the municipality concerned does not inform the chief electoral officer of the vacancy referred to in paragraph (a) the MEC for local government in the province must inform the chief electoral officer of the vacancy within 14 days where the municipal manager does not.

Two acting municipal managers sided with Mkhatshwa and refused to declare the vacancies when the ANC asked them to do so.

Mkhatshwa has been mayor since November 23. On December 5, he appointed his mayoral committee and rewarded EFF councillor Bandi Shongwe, who is the party’s Ehlanzeni district secretary, with a position as the member of the mayoral committee for water.

The ANC has since dismissed Mkhatshwa and five ANC councillors who supported him, but they have appealed the decision and clung to power.

READ: Renegade group attempts to resurrect Mabuza’s ambitions

Mkhatshwa’s defiance stemmed from the infighting between ANC factions. Before the provincial conference sat in April, Mkhatshwa’s Ngci faction supported him to stay in the position when it appeared that they were losing power to Ndlovu’s Focus faction.

Ndlovu was elected Mpumalanga ANC chairperson in April. The conference ended the dominance of the Ngci faction since 2008 when Deputy President David Mabuza was elected Mpumalanga chairperson.

READ: Lamola admits that opposition parties overtake the ANC by entrusting the youth to lead

In the build-up to the conference, Premier Refilwe Mtshweni weakened the Ngci faction when she reshuffled her cabinet in 2020 and removed all MECs loyal to Mabuza.

The ANC added to the injury when it slapped former Ehlanzeni regional chairperson Ngrayi Ngwenya with a five-year suspension after he was found guilty of charges relating to his support of former president Jacob Zuma not to be incarcerated.

Nkomazi is Ngwenya’s stronghold and it is believed that he is planning to form a new political party.


facebook
twitter
linkedin
instagram

Delivering the 

news you need

+27 11 713 9001
news@citypress.co.za
www.citypress.co.za
69 Kingsway Rd, Auckland Park
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24

E-Editions

Read the digital editions of City Press here.
Read now
Voting Booth
Two years after André de Ruyter joined Eskom, South Africa is experiencing its worst bout of load shedding. Is he to blame?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
No, he got in late
77% - 49 votes
Yes
6% - 4 votes
Fire the whole lot
17% - 11 votes
Vote