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New Mayor sworn in at Buffalo City Municipality

Jun 11, 2015
New Mayor sworn in at Buffalo City Municipality

A new Executive Mayor, Alfred Mtsi, has officially taken over at the Buffalo City Municipality and he has promised to prioritise the restoration of residents' confidence in the municipality. His new deputy is Xola Phakati.

Mayor Mtsi, who was a member of the Provincial Legislature, replaces disgraced former Mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha, who was fired last week Friday by the African National Congress (ANC) together with her deputy, Themba Tinta, during a reshuffle that was decided at a recent ANC Provincial Executive Committee meeting in Nelson Mandela Bay.

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.

Mtsi told journlists that he believed that there was massive potential in the development of the Buffalo City Municipality supported by a growing industry and the East London port. He will also be looking into fostering better relationships with stakeholders in the municipality to address its challenges such as high unemployment and poor service delivery.

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.