The ANC has despite tension over coalition talks, finalized the nomination of Alfred Mtsi as speaker, Zoliswa Matana as deputy mayor and Mzwandile Vaaibom to serve a second term as BCM chief whip.
The party managed to finalize the deployment of deputy mayor, speaker and chief whip for the Buffalo City Metro council to complete the troika while Xola Pakatifor, the position of mayoral nominee was long settled even before the local government elections.
ANC’s decision follows a rushed meeting between the provincial deployment committee and all regions across the province to finalize deployments in all ANC-run councils, which ended during the early hours of Wednesday.
BCM will therefore have its first female deputy mayor in the person of Zoliswa Matana while the outgoing mayor Alfred Mtsi will also be sworn in today as the new BCM council speaker.
ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane confirmed the nomination saying all those nominated will be sworn in today August 18.
Meanwhile report from an insider has it that fights between the South Africa Communist Party (SACP) and the ruling ANC were far from over as the BCM’s deployment committee had been asked to suspend further discussions on deployment until after today’s council meeting.
An SACP insider who attended the meeting revealed the main bone of contention between the two parties. He said the SACP insisted that the Mandela funeral scandal accused – Sindiswa Gomba and Luleka Simon-Ndzele – make way for others on the PR list.
“Our argument as the SACP is that, reshuffle this top 15 with experienced deployees, there is no doubt that Nomhiki Mgezi delivered when she was a mayoral executive committee member, but she did not make the cut.
“Our take was to remove the Mandela accused so that they can make way for experienced councilors who will be able to discuss issues in council.
“We need quality in the BCM council more than ever before.”
However, the profiles of those who made it in the ANC’s proportional representative (PR) list after the DA secured 19 PR seats against the ANC’s 15 is still being scrutinized.
Report has it that at least three ward councilors may end up serving in the mayoral executive committee due to the inexperience of those topping the PR list but it is understood that SACP argued against that saying it would affect those who want the the ward councilor’s services at community level.
On SACP’s standing on deployment in BCM, SACP regional spokesman Ludwe Mnweba said the discussions were an internal process of the ANC and its allies, “so we are not at liberty to divulge the discussions of such a meeting”.
“However, as the SACP, we are gravely concerned with the factional exclusion of the alliance and sidelining of comrades with necessary skills and experience to take the institution forward,” Mnweba said.
“We believe that will compromise the delivery of services to the people of BCMM. We believe that this process should be characterized by cool heads, so that the product is that which can be of the best service to the people.”
BCM spokesman Sibusiso Cindi confirmed today’s inaugural council meeting would be held in the City Hall at 11am.