Election News24.com | ANC leaders to step in as KZN town remains without a mayor 2 months after elections

Election News24.com | ANC leaders to step in as KZN town remains without a mayor 2 months after elections

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election ANC leaders are going to step in as a KZN town remains without a mayor 2 months after the elections.

ANC leaders are going to step in as a KZN town remains without a mayor 2 months after the elections.

  • The ANC is concerned that the Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal remains without a mayor two months after the municipal elections.
  • A dispute over who should be appointed mayor is allegedly behind the situation.
  • ANC national leaders will now step in and interview candidates. 

ANC national officials will attempt to break the impasse that has led to the Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal being without an elected mayor – two months following the municipal elections.

ANC infighting in the region is believed to be the reason why the municipality had no mayor. 

In its report, the ANC’s national working committee (NWC) noted that the municipality, located on the south coast, remained without a mayor.

So concerned were the ANC’s top brass that they have decided to let the ANC’s national leadership step in to interview mayoral candidates. 

The troubles in the municipality reportedly was attributed to the chosen mayoral candidates from the provincial leadership and the local region.

Protests about the mayoral position disrupted council meetings held following the municipal elections.

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“The NWC noted with grave concern that, despite having an overwhelming ANC majority, the Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality has still not elected a mayor since the local government elections on 1 November 2022.

The NWC report noted:

This is due to internal ANC dynamics that led to the disruption of the council meeting scheduled to elect a mayor. The national officials received a report from the KZN provincial officials regarding the situation. It was agreed that the national officials would take the lead in constituting a panel to interview the six potential mayor candidates.

On Thursday, the report was adopted and presented at the ANC’s national executive committee.

Sources had previously told The Witness that ANC councillors in the municipality were against the mayoral candidate, Sibusiso Godfrey Shange, who was endorsed by the ANC leadership in the province. They added that these councillors want Isaac Sikhumbuzo Mqadi as mayor.

ANC officials were also mulling a report, by the party’s national dispute resolution committee, into disputed mayoral selection processes. The party saw complaints in Limpopo in the lead up to and after the municipal elections.

The loudest complaints were from ANC members in the Sekhukhune and Vhembe districts in Limpopo. A failed court bid was lodged in December to prevent the swearing-in ceremony of the disputed mayors. 


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