eThekwini to finally get deputy mayor

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Diana Hoorzuk, the deputy mayor-elect of eThekwini Municipality.
Diana Hoorzuk, the deputy mayor-elect of eThekwini Municipality.

The eThekwini Municipality is finally going to elect a deputy mayor after more than five months of the position being vacant. 

Diana Hoorzuk, the former Durban councillor, was formally nominated to the position of deputy mayor for the City during an executive council meeting (Exco) on Tuesday. 

Hoorzuk will fill the void left by her predecessor Belinda Scott, who abruptly resigned in February to work in the private sector. 

Hoorzuk was nominated last month by the ANC as a member of Exco and was seen travelling with the mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, during the recent inspections of the lootings. 

As part of her new position, Hoorzuk is also the chairperson of the finance, security and emergency services committee. 

Hoorzuk has enjoyed a long political career, much of it in Durban.

In 2000, as a National People’s Party councillor in the Durban inner west council, Hoorzuk famously defected to join the ANC.

She served as an ANC eThekwini councillor until 2016. During that time Hoorzuk was also a council member at Mangosuthu University for 15 years and served on the directors board of the Aids Health Foundation.

In 2018, Hoorzuk was appointed to the 12-member Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal nature conservation board. That board has since been suspended pending investigations of maladministration.

Hoorzuk will undergo a formal election on Thursday before eThekwini Municipality’s full council. 

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