He was recalled on 18 March 2018 but had since refused to leave the post.
The DA has accused Lekwa mayor Linda Dhlamini of holding the local municipality hostage after he brought in his supporters to come disrupt a council sitting.
In a video doing the rounds on the social media, the SANCO members are seen singing and chanting struggle songs, bringing the house into a halt.
The incident happened on 20 November 2018 at the municipal office in Standerton where the DA’s Tornado Nkambule was bringing a debate for a motion of no confidence against the controversial mayor.
The sitting had to be suspended by the speaker.
Mpumalanga DA shadow co-operative MEC James Masango said after the disruption of council, Dhlamini led a group of people carrying dangerous weapons who went to the speaker’s office, damaging municipal properties.
Dhlamini, who is at loggerhead with ANC regional leader Muzi Chirwa, was recalled early this year by the ANC in the Gert Sibande region but has clung on his position.
The ANC wants him to leave the post and be replaced by regional treasurer Khosi Khota because of an “impasse” in the municipality “which affects service delivery” but Dhlamini supporters say the man is going nowhere.
Masango said the ANC councillors who are an overwhelming majority in the council had agreed on a secret ballot.
“Service delivery in Lekwa is virtually non-existent as this municipality is not only failing to pay Eskom and the Rand Water board but it has also allowed raw sewage for flow unabated through the streets, around people’s homes and into the Vaal River for many years,” Masango said.
Lekwa is one of the five municipalities that Premier Refilwe Mtshweni last month announced had been placed under financial rescue by the provincial government.
The DA wants disciplinary actions against the mayor.
New engagements may see the party laying an ambush on the SANCO leader.
The ANC in Mpumalanga says their decision recalling the mayor of Lekwa municipality ‘stands’ and will try other means to make sure he leaves the post.
Linda Dhlamini was recalled on 18 March 2018 but has since refused to leave the post.
He was recalled together with Harriet Khotha, the municipal speaker, as well as chief whip Mapaseka Molaba but all three are still in their jobs.
Dhlamini, a provincial deputy secretary of SANCO in Mpumalanga, was elected unopposed the mayor of Lekwa during a council sitting right after the 3 August 2016 local government elections.
The ANC wants him to leave the post and be replaced by regional treasurer Khosi Khota because of an “impasse” in the municipality “which affects service delivery” but Dhlamini supporters believe this is a plan by the ANC to put people who will toe the line and continue corruption.
They vow to fight and ensure Dhlamini remains the mayor.
Gert Sibande ANC spokesman Sabelo Sikhakhane said as a region they await a decision of the provincial executive committee of the ANC that will sit and “finalise” whether Khota becomes the new mayor or Dhlamini continues.
“The PEC will sit and resolve all the impasse that exist in Lekwa,” he said.
ANC acting provincial secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali said the decision they took on 18 March 2018 recalling Dhlamini “still stands”.
“You will remember that we have been having meetings in Lekwa, doing consultations and we made it clear that our decision still stands and there will be a certain process to implement it,” she said over the phone.
The civic organisation resolved to support a decision taken by its national structure to support ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the ANC’s elective congress in December 2017.
The South African National Civic Organisation held its provincial elective congress, electing its leadership and taking major decisions.
Over 650 delegates from all four Mpumalanga regions attended the civic organisation’s 7th congress at the Aventura Resort in Badplaas on Friday.
National chairman David Mkhwanazi addressed the congress and emphasised on the importance of the presence of the civic organisation in our society as a movement of community members, preaching development.
Provincial chairman James Skhosana returned to his seat as well as secretary Mike Soko.
Chrisjan Mokoena emerged as Skhosana’s deputy while Lekwa sub-region chairman Linda Dhlamini comes in as Soko’s deputy.
Delegates also elected Phakamile Twala, Doctor Mwale, Roy Ledwaba, George Mthimunye, Lemias Mashile, Thuli Nkosi, Daniel Kabini, David Masombuka,
Willie Msiza, Anastacia Covaloh, Sonto Radebe, Siki Sithole, Juliet Radebe-Khumalo, Chris Magagula, Nunu McDonald, Walter Sithole, Judith Mkhize, Elizabeth Mashele, Tumale Mashego and Tshidiso Makhubedo as additional members of SANCO’s provincial executive committee.
In a statement released late on Saturday, Soko said as SANCO in the Mpumalanga province they have an interest in who leads the ANC ahead of its national elective congress.
Alliance leaders from the ANC, SACP and COSATU attended the congress.
“The conference reaffirmed SANCO’s interest in the leadership of the ANC as the leader of the alliance,” said Soko.
“Thus agreed that it is of utmost importance for SANCO as [an] alliance partner to seek to influence the leadership of the ANC for as long it remains the leader of the alliance,” he said.
Soko said the alliance is currently at its weakest state because of the “continued self-haemorrhage of the ANC”.
“[This] mainly [is] resulted by factions and parasitic patronage networks within the ANC and government,” the secretary said.
Provincial secretary Mike Soko
He said the conference called on SANCO members to be on the watch in their respective branches of Nkangala, Gert Sibande, Hlanzeni and Bohlabela regions and work hard to unite the alliance as well as “rescuing the ANC from the current impasse”.
Soko said they have seen attempts to sabotage SANCO programmes as well as “the victimisation of SANCO leaders and members and some have lost their jobs or political deployment because of their commitment to SANCO”.
He called on the ANC to implement the alliance summit resolutions taken in April 2016 to unite and make sure the alliance remains intact.
“Conference also condemned any forms or efforts to capture the state at all levels and therefore supports the call for the Judicial Commission to investigate the alleged state capture.
“We also call on SANCO members to report the efforts by some scrupulous individuals to capture and influence procurement process at local and provincial government in Mpumalanga,” said Soko.
Two NGOs are heading to the Tshwane High Court to force government to respect the constitutional rights of people with regard to the air pollution being caused by Mpumalanga’s Sasol and Eskom power plants.