Mo­gale City re­joices as ANC mayor takes over

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Gauteng News - NTOMBI NKOSI ntombin@the­newage.co.za

RES­I­DENTS of Mo­gale City have ex­pressed joy af­ter the ANC gained back the mu­nic­i­pal­ity with the elec­tion of Pa­trick Lipudi, its third mayor in a space of 10 months.

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful mo­tion of no con­fi­dence by the ANC to re­move for­mer mayor and DA mem­ber Michael Holen­stein three weeks ago, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had no mayor.

Lipudi re­ceived 39 votes and Holen­stein re­ceived 36 votes while two votes were spoilt.

The ANC’s for­mer Mo­gale City lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity speaker Lipudi was elected as ex­ec­u­tive mayor dur­ing a coun­cil ses­sion held on Wed­nes­day.

“The elec­tion of Lipudi, a ca­pable, tried and tested leader with a long and ad­mirable his­tory of ser­vice to the peo­ple, will go a long way in restor­ing Mo­gale City to nor­mal­ity and halt­ing the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of gov­er­nance while ac­cel­er­at­ing the de­liv­ery of ba­sic ser­vices to the peo­ple,” Mzi Khu­malo, deputy chair­per­son of the ANC in the West Rand, said.

The DA, which won con­trol of Mo­gale City with the help of a coali­tion which in­cludes the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers af­ter last year’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion, has cried foul.

It at­trib­uted Lipudi’s elec­tion to “un­demo­cratic oc­cur­rences” in Mo­gale City, but com­mit­ted it­self to work with its coali­tion part­ners to serve the res­i­dents of the area.

But Gaut­eng Cogta MEC Paul Mashatile has ex­pressed hope that there will be sta­bil­ity in the coun­cil.

“This will go a long way in en­sur­ing that ser­vice de­liv­ery takes place un­in­ter­rupted,” Mashatile’s spokesper­son Mo­go­motsi Mo­godiri said.

The ANC also con­grat­u­lated No­luthando Man­gole on her elec­tion at the same coun­cil as speaker of at Mo­gale City mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“We are con­fi­dent that com­rade Man­gole, who has im­mense lo­cal gov­ern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence span­ning many years, in­clud­ing serv­ing as speaker, will en­sure an ac­tivist peo­ple-cen­tred model of the coun­cil in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity,” Khu­malo said.

He said the ANC West Rand al­ways held the view that “this fail­ure of our peo­ple by the DA-EFF coali­tion was a de­plorable and un­ac­cept­able dere­lic­tion of duty on their part”.

“We re­main con­scious that to­gether with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, much work needs to be done to place Mo­gale City back on the path of de­vel­op­ment and de­liv­ery of ser­vices.

“There­fore this outcome re­sponds di­rectly and pos­i­tively to the long-cher­ished de­sire of the ANC to present a peo­ple-friendly bud­get and IDP to the com­mu­nity of Mo­gale City,” Khu­malo said.

Mo­gale City res­i­dent Kgo­motso Moseki Moswele said re­cently there was a cri­sis with wa­ter in the area but things were back to nor­mal.

IN THE CHAIR: Newly elected Mo­gale City mayor Pa­trick Lipudi.

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