Nquthu to elect new office bearers
THE Nquthu council is expected to hold a sitting on Tuesday to elect office bearers, including the speaker and mayor, following last week’s highly contested by- elections.
The sitting follows a nine-month stalemate, which has seen the municipality governed by an administrator while byelections were being prepared.
The IFP was elected as the uncontested ruler of the council when it won 19 of the 33 seats in the by- elections while its nearest contender, the ANC, won only 11. The rest of the seats went to the DA, 1, EFF, 1 and the NFP, 1.
The municipal manager of Nquthu, Bonginkosi Gumbi, said they had set next week Tuesday as the date of the sitting. He, however, said the date may be moved as they cannot hold the sitting if the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had not gazetted the election’s results. The gazetting of the results was expected to be done by today. According to IEC rules, the municipal manager should convene a sitting within 14 days after results are announced. He or she then presides over the election of the speaker and hands over to him or her.
T he speaker then takes over and presides over the election of the rest of the office bearers like the mayor, deputy mayor and executive committee members.
“Our tentative date for the sitting is next week Tuesday in Nquthu council offices. However, we are still waiting for the IEC to gazette the results before we can proceed with our elections and that process is expected to be done today,” Gumbi said.
The IFP’s national chairperson, Blessed Gwala, said their mayoral candidate would be Mabilabila Kunene, the same candidate it put up before the council was dissolved in February this year.
Meanwhile, Premier Willies Mchunu, in his one-year in office speech, said the Nquthu by- elections were peaceful, free and fair.
He said what was left now was for all councillors to put aside their narrow political interests and work together in the interest of the voters.
“Those who were elected across all political parties must accept each other as the credible and collective voice of ordinary people, we have a responsibility as leaders to ensure political stability and socio- economic development,” he said.