FORMER Chris Hani District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­ec­u­tive mayor Mx­olisi Koyo was elected speaker while former Intsika Yethu mayor Kholiswa Vim­bayo was elected ex­ec­u­tive mayor dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral coun­cil meet­ing of the district au­thor­ity at the San­dring­ham Sports Club on Tues­day.

The DA nom­i­nated Robert Venske af­ter the coun­cil­lors were sworn in by Ko­mani chief mag­is­trate Vic­tor Nqumse.

The vote was man­aged through a se­cret bal­lot chaired by mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Moppo Mene.

Koyo re­ceived 31 votes of the 42 and Venske 11.The district au­thor­ity has 42 coun­cil­lors and seven tra­di­tional lead­ers who do not have vot­ing sta­tus in coun­cil.

The po­si­tion of ex­ec­u­tive mayor was not con­tested.

Former Lukhanji cor­po­rate ser­vices po­lit­i­cal head Bongiwe van Heer­den was also elected un­op­posed for the po­si­tion of chief whip.

Co­op­er­a­tive gover­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs MEC Fik­ile Xasa at­tended the meet­ing.

Vim­bayo said she was hum­bled to have been elected ex­ec­u­tive mayor.

She said the ANC elec­tion man­i­festo com­mit­ted coun­cil­lors to im­prove ac­cess to mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices with the fight against fraud and corruption to be in­ten­si­fied.

“We will cre­ate jobs for young peo­ple as the un­em­ploy­ment lev­els are high. The scourge of HIV/Aids is high and we will fight it. The cur­rent hous­ing back­log is 67%.”

She said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had to re­alise the im­por­tance of tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties, ad­ding she would like to work with other coun­cil­lors and not con­cen­trate on po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences.

Koyo said the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple of Chris Hani had given a man­date to the ANC.

“There are no coali­tions and po­lit­i­cal ar­range­ments here. Hav­ing been given this re­spon­si­bil­ity as the speaker, I know the peo­ple who voted on Au­gust 3 don’t want con­fu­sion and pan­de­mo­nium.”

Vim­bayo an­nounced the may­oral com­mit­tee with Siyab­ulela Zangqa as the head of engi­neer­ing, ANC Youth League re­gional chair­man Si­bongile Mbot­shane as po­lit­i­cal head for in­te­grated plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and Madodonke Papiyane as the port­fo­lio head for fi­nance.

Mthethun­z­ima Jack was ap­pointed to lead the cor­po­rate ser­vices port­fo­lio, Non­cedo Septem­ber Capa to head com­mu­nity ser­vices and Nonzuk­iso Mati­wane as the po­lit­i­cal head of the spe­cial pro­grammes unit.

“The suc­cess or fail­ure of this district de­pends on th­ese peo­ple,” Vim­bayo said af­ter an­nounc­ing the may­oral com­mit­tee.

Par­ties rep­re­sented in coun­cil are the ANC, AIC, UDM, DA and the EFF.


NEW LEAD­ERS: Chris Hani District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity had its first coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day at the San­dring­ham Sports Club af­ter the Au­gust 3 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions with, from left, ex­ec­u­tive mayor Kholiswa Vim­bayo, coun­cil speaker Mx­olisi Koyo and...

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