Linda Dhlamini accused of holding Lekwa municipality ‘hostage’

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Khosi Khota. PIC MfisoDIGITAL/ZK.

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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.

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