The ANC’s provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting in East London over the weekend resolved that problems plaguing the province’s “hot spot” municipalities should all resolved by end of March.
The municipalities concerned are Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City, Mnquma, Mbhashe and Ngqushwa, which have had little stability since their terms of office started in July 2011.ANC provincial treasurer Thandiswa Marawu said the PEC was “disturbed” about the continuous infighting in these municipalities.
“From now until the end of March we will be considering redeployment into them,” Marawu told the media.
“We have all agreed that we had taken a long time before taking firm decisions on disciplinary actions on all of our deployees implicated in these factional fights.”
She said the PEC meeting also felt that the factional fights had a negative impact on public perception of municipal officials.
“Where there are factional fights, service delivery is compromised,” she said.
In the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, where there has been no permanent municipal manager, the PEC meeting resolved that a permanent appointment be made “soon”.
“Our deployees there should brace themselves for redeployment from now until the end of March. We want to put this Nelson Mandela Bay metro issue to rest,” Marawu said.
In Buffalo City, Marawu said the PEC “will no longer tolerate a lack of cooperation between mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and city manager Andile Fani”.
“The two are expected to work together and nothing else.”
In Mnquma, Marawu said factional fights between the speaker (Nomnikelo Magadla) and mayor (Bhabha Ganjana) were slammed as “illegal”.
“The MEC for local government (Mlibo Qoboshiyane) has sent an official (Monde Sondaba) to act for three months so that a permanent appointment can then be made.”
In Mbhashe, where mayor Nonceba Olga Mfecane was booted out of the council by some ANC councillors in September, the PEC resolved that Mfecane should resume work as mayor.
Qoboshiyane said: “A total of 14 of the province’s 45 municipalities benefited from Section 154 support, which means support and strengthen the capacity of municipalities to manage their own affairs.”
These range from urban (Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay), small town (Port St Johns and Emalahleni) to rural (Mhlontlo and Nxuba).