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EFF takes over key positions in Ekurhuleni council

Ekurhuleni Mayor Sivuyile Ngodwana announces new MMCs.

Kwatsaduza – The swearing-in of new Ekurhuleni MMCs didn’t go without drama, with five ANC candidates abstaining from participation at the OR Tambo Government Precinct on Thursday morning.

Though the 10 MMC positions were divided equally between the ANC and the EFF, the latter controls the R54.1b municipal purse, processes and decisions made in council.

On Thursday morning, the ANC released a letter noting their dissatisfaction with the list of MMCs released by the mayor, Sivuyile Ngodwane, on Wednesday night.

According to inside information from the ANC, the list was rejected on the basis that it did not reflect the agreements reached between the parties, more specifically, concerning strategic portfolios in the metro.

Minority parties have also expressed their dissatisfaction because the mayoral committee was not reflective of any members of the minority, even though they were instrumental in the removal of the former speaker of council, Raymond Dhlamini, and former mayor Tania Campbell, and the election of the now EFF speaker of council, ANC whip of council and AIC executive mayor.

The minority parties, known as the Super Seven, comprise the PAC, IRASA, AIC, ICM, ATM, Cope and the UDM, and appear to have been used as mere proxies in a much larger ANC-EFF political game because none of these parties is represented in Ngodwana’s mayoral committee.

When asked for comment, ANC chief-whip in council Jongizizwa Dlabathi confirmed that ANC councillors were not sworn in and the party was still engaged in processes to iron out some challenges with the mayor.

“As soon as an agreement has been reached, our councillors will be sworn in,” he said.

This comes after Campbell was recently voted out of office in a motion of no confidence that led to the election of Ngodwana from the AIC.

The Super Seven, who were responsible for tabling the three motions of no confidence against the mayor, speaker of council and chief whip of council Khetha Shandu, was rewarded with the position of mayor.

The EFF’s chief whip in council, Nkululeko Dunga, said, “Self-interest does not apply in the coalition government. It is impossible to pick as you chose which strategic positions you want to occupy, there needs to be a compromise.

“It doesn’t matter who occupies which portfolio you are occupying, but as long as you are part of the collective and collective leadership,” he said.

Ngodwana urged the new MMCs to hit the ground running and accelerate service delivery.

“Ours is to serve the communities, nothing else. Let us work hard to ensure services reach the people. Let us be committed and interact with the people,” he said.

The DA Caucus chairperson in Ekurhuleni, Raymond Dhlamini, said the party would continue to hold the ANC-EFF coalition accountable for good clean governance.

“Cadres should be warned that we will not sit by idly while taxpayers’ money is looted,” he added.

The members of the mayoral committee are:
• MMC for Water, Sanitation and Energy: Leshaka Manamela (EFF).

• MMC for Community Service: Health, Social Development and SHRAC: Bridget Thusi (EFF).

• MMC for Infrastructure Services: Real Estate: Kgopelo Hollo (EFF).

• MMC for Environment and Waste Management Services: Eunice Matloga (EFF).

• MMC for Transport Planning, Roads and Stormwater: Andile Mgwevu (ANC).

• MMC for Community Safety: EMPD and DEMS: Sizakele Masuku (ANC).

• MMC for Corporate and Shared Services: Human Resources, Communications and Brand Management, Strategy, Risk, Legal and Internal Audit: Nkosindiphi Doctor Xhakaza (ANC).

• MMC for Human Settlements: Masele Madihlaba (ANC).

• MMC for City Planning and Economic Development: Nomadlozi Nkosi (ANC).

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