The ANC in Mpumalanga has announced the names of the three mayors to head up the three district municipal councils in the province at a press briefing held at its Mbombela headquarters on Tuesday.
The party also announced the names of mayors of the 17 municipal councils of the province.
In a statement delivered by provincial secretary, Mandla Ndlovu, flanked by deputy chairwoman, Violet Siwela, and provincial spokesman, Thulare Madileng, the ANC reiteratedits intention to deploy strong leaders to head up the municipalities in an effort to strengthen the capacity of local government institutions.
The redeployment of certain leaders from the provincial legislature gives an indication that the ANC may reshuffle its provincial cabinet, citing reasons of capacity and efficiency. We want strong and tested leaders to lead municipalities.
Turning once more to the members and supporters of the ANC, the party expressed its profound gratitude to all those who supported and voted for it in the province and was at pains to emphasise the seriousness and bearing, on it as an organisation, the results of the elections.
Therefore the party will now reflect on the journey travelled as well to introspect on the challenges and issues raised by many of our members and voters, the statement read.
During this announcement the MEC for Public Works, Roads and Transport Dumisile Nhlengethwa was announced asthe new speaker of Msukaligwa, replacing Bheki Vilakazi.
Solomon Nkosi takes over from Sipho Bongwe as the new mayor of Msukaligwa while the ANC chairman in the Gert Sibande region, Muzi Chirwa, is the new mayor of Gert Sibande District Municipality, taking over from Mishack Nhlabathi.
In the Nkangala District, erstwhile eMalahleni Mayor, Linah Malatjie takes the helm at the district council with former provincial secretary, Lucky Ndinisa as speaker of the council. Mike Masina will retain his post as Steve Tshwete mayor while Lindiwe Ntshalintshali is set to continue on as eMalahleni mayor.
MEC for Social Development, Nomsa Mtshweni is now the mayor of Thembisile Hani and former Youth League leader, Gijimani Skhosana, takes over from Rhoda Mathabe as mayor of Dr J.S Moroka.
In keeping with the theme of women empowerment, Jesta Sydel takes over the reigns as mayor at Hlanzeni District Municipality, Sibusiso Mathonsistays on as the mayor of the newly-merged Mbombela municipality and former chief whip of the Bushbuckridge municipality and Mpumalanga head of elections, Sylvia Nxumalo is now the mayor of the municipality.
The following are the names of the announced mayors for all the municipalities in Mpumalanga:
Ehlanzeni District Municipality – Jesta Sydel
Bushbuckridge Local Municipality Sylvia Nxumalo
Thaba Chewu Local Municipality Selinah Mashego
Nkomazi Local Municipality Thulisile Khoza
Mbombela Local Municipality Sibusiso Mathonsi
Nkangala District Municipality Linah Malatjie
Victor Khanye Local Municipality Eva Makhabane
eMalahleni Local Municipality Lindiwe Ntshalintshali
Steve Tshwete Local Municipality Mike Masina
Emakhazeni Local Municipality Thomas Ngwenya
Thembisile Hani Local Municipality Nomsa Mtshweni,
Dr J.S Moroka Local Municipality Gijimani Jimmy Skosana
Gert Sibande Muzi Chirwa
Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality Dan Nkosi
Dipaliseng Local Municipality Mafunda Makhubu
Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality Vincent Malatsi
ANC Mpumalanga chairman David Mabuza has reacted to Fridays election results, blaming the candidate election process that led to wrong people being selected.
The candidate selection was abused and we see it backfired because wrong people emerged, Mabuza told journalists outside the ANCsChe’ Masilela headquarterson the corners of Brenda & Nel Streets inMbombela.
And these people were not those who were wanted by community members, he said.
Our system is being abused by our own comrades. Thats one thing we must find a way of improving.
After casting his vote at the Lincoln farm in Barbertonon Wednesdaymorning, Mabuza had told reporters that the ANC would win 100% in all Mpumalanga municipalities.
Im expected to be above 80% in all of them, he said then. However on Friday, with just over 98% of the votes tallied in the province the results stood at 70% of the vote for the party as compared to the 78% it received in the 2011 polls.
Mabuza also told an ANC Siyanqoba mini rally in Mbombelas Pienaar townshiplast weekSundaythat he would donate four cows to be slaughtered if we win over 90%.
But on Friday he said the ANC in Mpumalanga cannot celebrate.
We can not celebrate our victory when the rest of the country is not celebrating, they are a part of us. This is not a time for celebration but for reflection, Mabuza told the 100+ supporters who had come tocelebrate the partys landslide victoryin the province.
You can see Im bruised. The ANC is bruised, reacted Mabuza to the sharp decline in major municipalities.
After all is said and done, its not what I expected. Of course Im happy with the results. [But] we must respond by improving. Improving on our work, improving on service delivery and improving in terms of the standing of the ANC. We want to make this ANC of theirs a better instrument for change, he said.
When asked whether he believed 2016s local government elections were the toughest, Mabuza answered Yes.
They were the toughest. The ANC had been attacked quite lot. Youll understand the leader of the ANC, the President [Jacob Zuma] has been attacked from day one, the Nkandla this side, the ANC that; the this, the that. The ANC has been carrying all those bruises. But after all we are still alive. We can look back and say we’re still here, we still have an opportunity to re-assess ourselves.”
He said from now onwards his party will act without fear or favour to those who are not equal to the task.
This time we are bit serious. We will hurt incompetent councilors and mayors because ourselves we are hurt. We are hurt here. We cant afford to give these [municipal] positions to people who want to play.
“The ANC will now go back to its ‘drawing board’, after we have realised that some people are not who we thought they are, that they were not the ones needed by the community.
Mabuza stated categorically that: “The party list didnt guarantee anyone a municipal post. The ANC doesn’t owe anyone anything.”
Before the elections we had a different view about our candidates but after the elections a lot of weaknesses have been revealed. So, we can see now, oh, we were wrong about this man.
Earlier in the day the Nkangala region of the ANC released a statement announcing that an election victory party – to be addressed by regional chair, Speedy Mashilo – would be held at the Lynnville Stadium in eMalahleni but issued another statement three hours later saying that the party had be postponed.
With the African National Congress having garnered 70% of the vote with 97% of counting complete as well as retaining a clear majority on all municipal councils, ANC provincial secretary says he is confident that they will continue to change the lives of people of Mpumalanga for the better.
Speaking to 013NEWS at the IEC Results Operational Centre in Mbombela, Ndlovu said that they will constitute government in all municipalities before next week Friday and will deploy only the most competent people to run municipalities.