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'Mthatha Mayor Dumani Zozo resigns rather than face DA motion of no confidence'

Apr 26, 2019
'Mthatha Mayor Dumani Zozo resigns rather than face DA motion of no confidence'

DA launched a Motion of No Confidence against King Sabata Dalindyebo Mayor Dumani Zozo

Mthatha - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape on Friday said that it contributed to what it termed 'a victory for the people of the King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) Local Municipality, and especially the residents of Mthatha,' after the apparent resignation of  King Sabata Dalindyebo Mayor, Dumani Zozo.

The Mayor reportedly tendered his resignation at a council meeting held on Friday.

On 15 April the DA, led by Phesheya KweNciba Constituency Leader, Chantel King, and DA KSD Caucus Leader, Cllr Raymond Knock, submitted a letter requesting a No Confidence Motion in Mayor Zozo to the office of the Speaker of Council.

"The DA’s No Confidence Motion was placed last on today’s council agenda, but the former Mayor resigned before it could be argued in council," said DA Eastern Cape leader, Nqaba Bhanga.

"This followed after the DA, in the run up to the council meeting, was approached by more than 20 ANC councillors willing to support our motion through a secret ballot.

"To keep the motion from being successful, the ANC ordered Cllr Zozo to resign."

DA claimed KSD Municipality failed residents under Mayor Dumani Zozo

Bhanga said that the DA took the step to remove the mayor when it became clear "the failing  ANC government had no plans to deal with a protracted strike by KSD municipal workers that has left Mthatha in a total state of chaos".

"The strike was resolved last week and the difficult process of cleaning up the city has begun," he added.

The DA also blamed Mayor Zozo for the Municipality's financial crisis, which it said has led to a collapse in basic service delivery.

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