Unlike in Tshwane, The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has great confidence in the men and women put forward as KZN mayoral candidates.
The Provincial chairman Sihle Zikalala assured the citizens that the selection followed due process as he unveiled the candidates for 15 mayoral posts on Tuesday.
“In the ANC we don’t just wake up say: ‘This is a mayor.’ And you don’t appoint yourself‚” he assured.
Each region cam up with three candidates for the mayoral posts, whose names were sent to the party’s national structures for confirmation. The chairman emphasised that the KZN mayoral candidates were carefully chosen to give the people the best.
“You can see we’ve been serious about the people we’ve pulled in and put forward as mayors. We have ensured that we’ve come up with the best of the best. We’ve embraced the principle of unity‚ and ensured we’ve embraced continuity as a principle that guides us‚” said Zikalala.
KZN secretary Supa Zuma later expressed confidence that the KZN mayoral candidates will ensure victory at the poll for the ANC.
“We want to ensure that we govern all 54 municipalities and all 870 wards in KwaZulu-Natal in order to be able to expand on the great strides that we have achieved over the past 16 years since the establishment of a democratic local government.
“The provincial executive committee conducted a detailed assessment of the elections campaign‚ looking closely at our strengths and weaknesses in all our 11 regions. Generally‚ we are satisfied with the pace of the campaign and are certain of decisive victory on August 3‚” he said.
KZN mayoral candidates for August 3:
– eThekwini metro: Zandile Gumede
– Zululand district: Sipho Nkosi
– uMkhanyakude district: Solomon Mkhombo
– uMzinyathi district: Lindokuhle Ngubane
– uThungulu district: Nonhle Mkhulisa
– iLembe district: Siduduzo Gumede
– Ugu district: Tolomane Mnyayiza
– uMgungundlovu district: Thobekile Maphumulo
– uThukela district: Siphiwe Mazibuko
– Amajuba district: Musa Ngubane
– Harry Gwala district: Mluleki Ndobe
– uMsunduzi local municipality: Themba Njilo
– Newcastle local municipality: Makhosini Nkosi
– Ray Nkonyeni local municipality: Nomusa Mqwebu
– uMhlathuze local municipality: Mdu Mhlongo
Some of the candidates are running to retain their post as mayor.