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KZN news bites: Shabalala leaves the ANC

Sihle Mavuso presents the latest news from KwaZulu-Natal.

Ladysmith – Former ANC MP Lizzie Hlophe, who served alongside former president Jacob Zuma and Sbu Ndebele in the 1990s, has resigned from the party. Hlophe, who comes from Ladysmith, also served on parliament’s public works and infrastructure portfolio committee between 2019 and 2024. Before that, she was a member of the provincial legislature for the ANC in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature for 20 years. She said her resignation from the ANC is voluntary and with immediate effect.

Durban – Despite protests by unions like the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu), billions of rand in pension funds for employees for the ANC-run eThekwini municipality will be moved from the management of Alex Forbes to Fairsure in July. Last month, Imatu asked its members to object to the move, raising concerns about Cape Town-based Fairsure when it managed pensions for employees of the Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg) municipality. According to a letter to employees, there will be a freeze period between 14 June and 15 July when Alex Forbes hands over to Fairsure.

Ulundi – Despite forming a coalition pact at provincial level to be part of the incoming KZN government, the IFP says the Zululand municipal leadership debacle was not used as a bargaining chip. The party’s president, Velenkosini Hlabisa, said they did not want to use issues at the local government level for provincial pacts. The National Freedom Party is keen to unite with the ANC and the EFF and oust the IFP in Abaqulusi (Vryheid) and later in Zululand.

Durban – The outgoing eThekwIni mayor has denied “malicious rumours” that he will leave the ANC. Mxolisi Kaunda addressed the media in Durban today as he bade farewell to the city he governed from September 2019 when the ANC recalled former mayor and corruption-accused Zandile Gumede. Kaunda has, on several occasions, been associated with the Umkhonto Wesizwe party, but he denies that. The ANC has moved him to the National Council of Provinces in Cape Town, and his position is expected to be filled by former ANC MP and MEC Cyril Xaba.

Richards Bay – Jostling for power has started in IFP structures in the King Cetshwayo district municipality over Thami Ntuli’s soon-to-be-vacant district mayor position. Ntuli is now going to the provincial legislature, requiring the IFP to fill the position. Among the names touted for the post are Tobious Gumede, the speaker of the City of Umhlathuze, and Ntombi Mbatha, the speaker of Mthonjaneni local municipality.

Pictured above: Former ANC MP Lizzie Hlophe has dumped the party.

Source: Parliament