ANC cracks whip in Buffalo City Municipality

JUNE 5, 2015

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape on Friday announced the sacking of Buffalo City Municipality Executive Mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha, and her Deputy Mayor, Themba Tinta, as part of a reshuffle at the municipality. Alfred Mtsi has now been appointed to fill the position of new Buffalo City mayor while Xola Phakathi will deputise him.

There have been ongoing tensions between Ncitha and Buffalo City Municipality City Manager, Andile Fani while Ncitha, Tinta; Council Speaker, Luleka Simon-Ndzele, and several others, were also implicated in the infamous Mandela funeral scandal.

On Wednesday, the ANC reportedly called on Ncitha and Fani to resign from their posts following a one-on-one meeting between ANC provincial chairman, Phumulo Masualle, and Fani last week in which Masualle reportedly recommended that the municipal manager throws in the towel in his battle with the mayor and negotiate an exit package.

Qoboshiyane said the ANC's intervention was towards the Buffalo City Municipality’s political and administrative arms and aimed to improve service delivery to communities, driving economic development and upgrading infrastructure in the municipality.

"Pursuant to resolving challenges that were experienced in the Buffalo City Municipal Council, the ANC has resolved to make intervention in the leadership structures. Our intervention focuses on both political and administrative arms of the municipality," he said.

"We are doing this because we want the municipality to fully focus on delivering basic services to our communities, driving economic development, upgrading infrastructure in the municipality. Our decision was based on the fact that, if the current situation continues unabating, then it would have made it difficult for the Municipality to accomplish targets set in our local government elections manifesto."

Qoboshiyane said the ANC had also "taken a decision that there must be an immediate intervention in the municipal administration. The intention is to ensure maximum support to the intervention we have made. This intervention also follows concerns from various structures of community within the BCM Metro on matters of service delivery," he added.

"We are aware that there has been a lot of work done by the municipality under the current leadership and we believe that this intervention will accelerate that work to make the Metro work for its people from residents, businesses, civil society, investors, youth and rate payers."

"We are confident that the leadership collective coming into the Metro will work with all structures of the Metro from workers, management, councillors, including those from opposition parties, all residents, business and civil society to make the municipality work," he continued.

"We call on these structures to support the leadership, which will be elected through normal Municipal Council processes."