Mayor, mayor on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?
ANC picks mayoral candidates as teams negotiate coalitions. Here’s its list of nominees for the metros
The ANC is forging ahead with the process of appointing mayors in the country’s metros, despite not having enough votes to form municipal councils on their own.
Five of the country’s eight metros were “hung” after last week’s local government election, meaning that coalitions will be needed to, among other things, appoint mayors.
The ANC comfortably won the Buffalo City metro with an outright majority and scraped through with a majority in Mangaung by just a single seat. Meanwhile, the DA maintained its comfortable grip on the City of Cape Town.
In respect to Tshwane, the Gauteng PEC sent its REC packing last night after failing to agree on three names.
Sunday Times Daily has established that the ANC’s provincial structures have submitted candidates to be considered by national leaders for possible mayorships in the metros. Coalition talks were also ongoing in the country’s 66 hung municipalities.
The party’s regional executive committees (REC) across the country have submitted names of their mayoral candidates, who are being vetted by provincial executive committees (PEC) before being submitted to the ANC top six for interviews.
Information on who would be put forward in Mangaung was not immediately available, and this story will be updated.
In the City of Johannesburg, the process was the subject of intense debate on Tuesday night at the ANC Gauteng PEC meeting. There was an outcry over the exclusion of Loyiso Masuku on the list of mayoral candidates.
Masuku, who is number one on the list of Johannesburg councillors designate, was overlooked for the mayoral chain again after the ANC Johannesburg REC decided on the final three candidates to be interviewed by the party’s national leadership this weekend.
The REC agreed and submitted the names of the previous mayor Mpho Moerane, member of mayoral committee Eunice Mgcina and regional secretary Dada Morero to the Gauteng PEC on Tuesday night.
The Gauteng PEC has endorsed these names and will be sending them to the ANC top six for interviews after vetting and verification of the candidates’ qualifications.
This is the third time Masuku did not make the cut for the mayoral chain that she has long been eyeing. She was overlooked when the late mayor Jolidee Matongo was appointed and again when Moerane took over after Matongo’s sudden death.
Instead of Masuku, Sunday Times Daily understands that the Johannesburg REC has opted to nominate Morero as the third mayoral candidate, as they believe he is more capable of leading the metropolitan councillors should the ANC end up in opposition benches.
In eThekwini, the REC has sent three names for the mayoral role, including the previous administration’s mayor Mxolisi Kaunda, senior manager in the human settlements department Thabani Nyawose and councillor Zama Sokhabase. Kaunda is a former youth league leader in the province. His governance experience includes the position of KZN MEC for transport and community safety.
Nyawose has worked for the municipality for 15 years and holds a degree in human resources and public administration. He is currently responsible for the management of 10 hostels, including their administration, budgets, staff and maintenance.
Sokhabase is a teacher by profession and was previously chairperson of the city’s community services committee.
In the Buffalo City Metro in the Eastern Cape — the only ANC-run municipality to be retained with a convincing majority – the list excluded outgoing mayor Xola Pakati, but he was added by the province to the list of candidates submitted for Luthuli House’s consideration.
The region submitted the names of Princess Faku, Humphrey Maxegwana and Mawethu Marata.
Faku is a former member of the ANCYL leadership structures, who also chaired the National Youth Development Agency in the province. She topped the regional list but allegations and question marks over her educational qualifications may scupper her chances. She became member of the national assembly after the 2019 general elections, and has received the full backing of the ANCYL in the region to become the new mayor.
Marata was the council chief whip in the metro during the previous term and enjoys support from regional strongman Pumlani Mkolo, who is said to oppose the return of Pakati to the position.
Maxegwana is a seasoned ANC MP who, during the fifth parliament, chaired the joint committee on ethics and members’ interests, as well as the portfolio committee on communication.
In Ekurhuleni, mayor Mzwandile Masina tops the list of mayoral candidates and has been nominated along with ANC Women’s League chairperson Nomadlozi Nkosi and ANC deputy chairperson in the region Jongizizwe Dlabathi.
In respect to Tshwane, the Gauteng PEC sent its REC packing last night after failing to agree on three names. Instead, it submitted five names for consideration, including Frans Boshielo, Rebecca Morudi and Simphiwe Mbatha.
The Gauteng PEC said the Tshwane REC had until Wednesday to agree on three names.
In Nelson Mandela Bay, where the ANC electoral performance continued to worsen, there are divisions regarding which mayoral candidates were suitable - but the regional task team (RTT) of the party settled on three names.
The three submitted to the province were Babalwa Lobishe, Wandisile Jikeka and Eugene Johnson, all who are members of the RTT. The ensuing war is centred around the exclusion of SACP’s Makhi Feni and former Nelson Mandela Bay council speaker Buyelwa Mafaya.
Those who are crying foul over Feni’s exclusion argue that he is the most qualified - he is a lawyer - of those that made the top 10 on the regional list.
Feni further commands support from the ANCYL regional task team, who insist his experience qualifies him after he served two terms as an ANC PR councillor as well as member of the mayoral committee.