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ANC and IFP plot to remove Zuma friend and mayor

Sworn enemies the ANC and IFP have united in a bid to remove the mayor and speaker, both from the Abantu Batho Congress (ABC), from their posts in the Umvoti (Greytown) local municipality.

Ironically the ABC is led by Philani “PG” Mavundla, a friend of Jacob Zuma, who helped the ANC secure eThekwini Metro after failing to get an outright majority in the 2021 municipal elections.

As the speaker has not called a meeting to deal with his pending ouster, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has called a special council sitting. The meeting is planned for Friday.

The two parties have buried the hatchet and united to remove mayor Mavundla and the Speaker, Mfundo Masondo.

These developments follow the collapse of the pact between the ANC and the ABC which was inked in June last year to oust the IFP.

Their pact saw the ABC’s Mavundla being named mayor and Ntombi Ngubane from the ANC assuming the deputy mayor’s post.

A few weeks ago ANC and IFP councillors signed a joint motion to remove Mavundla and Masondo, but the speaker did not convene the sitting. Hence CoGTA has stepped in.

Madoda Khathide, the deputy director general for local government in the department, has directed that the meeting be held on Friday at the Umvoti town hall.

“Kindly be advised that only councillors, municipal officials seized with the responsibility of supporting the business of Council at the said meeting and officials of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs are requested to attend the meeting,” reads the letter from Khathide.

In anticipation that the meeting will be heated, Khathide said no weapons would be allowed into the venue for the special council sitting.

“In addition ... appropriate security measures will be taken to ensure safety.

“These are precautionary measures to safeguard the interest of the municipality and to mitigate against damage to property and any other unintended eventuality, including loss of life.

“All councillors are requested to cooperate with the process and the applicable legal framework in keeping with the rule of law,” Khathide stressed.

It’s not clear how the ANC and the IFP will share the top positions after ousting the ABC. Mavundla, whose party is advocating for an independent Zulu state as part of its election campaign, is yet to comment regarding the latest developments.

Mavundla said he knew they would try this before the 29 May elections.

“I told you about this, but let us wait and see how this will pan out,” he said when asked about the matter by Scrolla.Africa.

Pictured above: Mavundla will likely be ousted on Friday by the ANC and the IFP.

Source: Supplied