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ANC retains Raymond Mohlaba Municipality ward amid claims of infighting

Sep 7, 2017
ANC retains Raymond Mohlaba Municipality ward amid claims of infighting

The African National Congress (ANC) retained its seat during a ward by-election that was held for Ward 2 of the Raymond Mhlaba Municipality on Wednesday.

"The new councillor for ward 2 is Mzimkhulu Matayo," said the IEC.

"The party retained the seat it won in the 2016 Municipal Elections increasing its margin to 89.66% of the votes cast compared to 87.21% in the 2016 Municipal Elections.

"Voter turnout yesterday was 42.43% compared to 52.12% in the 2016 Municipal Elections."

The by-election was contested by Matayo and Mfundo Elliot Hela of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The ward became vacant as a result of the resignation of the councillor.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the municipality on Wednesday claimed that there was infighting in the party that threatened to dreail service delivery to residents.

"The Democratic Alliance Caucus in Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality is disappointed by the Council’s failure to adopt crucial items that are essential to providing service delivery," said Nomvano Zibonda - a DA Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality PR Councillor.

"The Municipality needed to adopt and submit annual financial statements to the Auditor General by 31 August 2017 as required by legislation, along with an Integrated Development Plan (IDP).

"Both of the above items could not be approved due to the adjournment of the Council meeting, the same Council meeting intended to adopt them. The council meeting ended due to ANC councillors disrupting proceedings because some of them were not happy with the appointment of a Municipal Manager."

Zibonda said that a new Speaker was also supposed to be elected following the brutal killing of former Speaker, Thozama Njobe.

"Our Municipality has been without a Speaker for close to two months now, which makes the Office of the Speaker, which is meant to handle public participation and the wellness of councillors, inactive.

"We are highly concerned about the ANC’s behaviour which led to the adjournment of our Council meeting. It seems as though the ANC has forgotten about the core mandate of local government, which is to serve the people and improve their lives through service delivery," she said.

"This ANC-run Municipality instead chooses to focus on internal politics and its desire to continue looting at the expense of the poor who require basic service delivery.

"We will be writing to the MEC of Cooperate Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, to intervene to ensure that service delivery does not grind to a halt any longer."