New Buffalo City Municipality Mayor to be sworn in today

JUNE 11, 2015

The newly appointed Executive Mayor of the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Alfred Mtsi and his deputy, Xola Phakati, are expected to be sworn in at a special council meeting on Thursday.

Last week Friday, the African National Congress (ANC) announced the sacking of disgraced former Mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha, and her deputy, Themba Tinta, during a reshuffle that was decided at a recent ANC Provincial Executive Committee meeting in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Mtsi was a member of the Provincial Legislature while Phakati was the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Economic Development.

The reshuffle has been widely seen as the ANC getting its house in order ahead of the 2016 Local Government Elections. In May, the ANC recalled then Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive mayor, Ben Fihla, and replaced him with South African Football Association (SAFA), Danny Jordaan.

There had 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.

Last 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 the previous 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.

The Democratic Alliance's (DA) caucus leader in the Buffalo City Municipality, Terrence Ritz, applauded the ANC for their decision although he added that the ANC should have intervened a long time ago.