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Zulu king’s prime minister resigns as mayor

  • Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi has resigned as mayor of the Zululand district municipality to take up a seat at the KZN legislature in Pietermaritzburg.
  • Chris Pappas, DA mayor of Umngeni, and ANC mayor Zamo Nxumalo of Harry Gwala district have decided not to take their legislature seats, opting to complete their current terms as mayors.

The traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch, Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi, has resigned as mayor of the Zululand district municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Buthelezi announced his resignation on Thursday morning at the council sitting in Ulundi, saying that he is taking up his seat at the KZN legislature in Pietermaritzburg.

He will join the new 80 members of the legislature who will be sworn in by Acting Deputy Judge President Thoba Poyo-Dlwati on Friday.

“I wish to express my gratitude to my party, the IFP, for the privilege to serve in this position,” he said.

Buthelezi is number nine on the party’s list, which might make him a privileged MEC if the IFP, ANC, and IFP bloc wins on Friday.

The IEC announced that Thursday will be the last day for anyone who wants to sit at the provincial legislatures or National Assembly to decide whether to resign from the list.

Chris Pappas, the DA mayor of Umngeni local municipality in Howick in the KZN Midlands, announced that he is not taking up his seat in the legislature after his failed ambition to become KZN premier.

Pappas said he would continue to serve the citizens of Umngeni and finish the five-year project he started in 2021 to work for its people.

ANC Harry Gwala district municipality mayor Zamo Nxumalo, who was number 11 on the party’s list for the legislature, has decided to finish his term as mayor.

ANC officials told Scrolla.Africa that Nxumalo is now the ANC’s hope as his Harry Gwala region is the only one that saved the party in KZN during the 2021 local government elections when it faced an exodus from its strongholds.

The ANC lost about 30 seats in the legislature after the 29 May general elections.

Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube of the ANC, praised for becoming the first woman to hold this position in the province dominated by Zulu traditionalists, is not returning as she is among those who didn’t make it.

Pictured above: Zululand mayor Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi, Harry Gwala mayor Zamo Nxumalo, and Umngeni mayor Chris Pappas.

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