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Beware: Two Zuma men are now in charge of eThekwini

PG Mavundla Engineering felt aggrieved after having misplaced out at the bid to construct eThekwini’s iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.


In courtroom docket papers the employer claimed that its consortium – which covered a main Italian creation employer – had now no longer simplest submitted an aggressive bid however had additionally quoted the bottom fee for the development of the stadium.

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The case changed into withdrawn earlier than the courtroom docket may want to adjudicate the matter. Word changed into that the provincial ANC authorities had reached an out-of-courtroom docket agreement with the employer – the info of which have been by no means made public.


But the employer persisted to grow, now no longer simplest in its profile however additionally in its creation grading because it scored contracts in most important infrastructure projects, consisting of at Eskom.


Fast-ahead to Thursday, 24 November 2021. Philani Godfrey Mavundla changed into elected because of the deputy mayor of eThekwini. At a few faffactorssMavundla changed into the ANC mayor in Umvoti, earlier than defecting to the National Freedom Party after which founding the Abantu Batho Congress in 2020. The ANC received seats withinside the eThekwini council withinside the 1 November nearby authorities elections.


But earlier than Mavundla have become the mayor of Umvoti, which incorporates Greytown, he shot to repute as a beneficiant Zuma benefactor and fervent follower of the previous president.


After the 2007 Polokwane conference, in which Zuma defeated Thabo Mbeki to emerge as the president of the ANC, Mavundla slaughtered no much less than 20 farm animals to have fun with Zuma’s victory.


Mavundla and Zuma additionally percentage some matters in common.


Not simplest is Mavundla polygamous however his palatial home in Greytown – with more than one house for every one of his siblings and wives, and his very own three-story house – competitors Zuma’s Nkandla compound.


He additionally provided to pay Zuma’s R7-million invoice for the arguable Nkandla upgrades. I assume via way of means of now, reader, you've got got a higher photo of who Mavundla is.


The go back of Mxolisi Kaunda because the mayor of eThekwini changed into preceded via way of means of a nail-biting contest that ended with the ANC preserving the mayoral chain, beating the DA’s Nicole Graham via way of means of 113 votes to 104.


Zuma might also additionally not be the ANC’s president however his hand changed into seen withinside the finalization of the eThekwini council.


After the collapsed council assembly on Monday 22 November, in which the IFP sponsored out of an in advance settlement to vote with the ANC in councils in which the governing birthday celebration had the best votes, extreme horse-buying and selling ensued, and offers have been made.


The ANC amended its proposed council govt to consist of Mavundla – amid protestation approximately the capability illegality of the flow via way of means of competing parties. For his support, Mavundla changed into provided the deputy mayorship of KwaZulu-Natal’s simplest metropolitan municipality.


He will deputize for Kaunda. The latter is as an awful lot a Zuma guy as is Mavundla. In July, Kaunda overtly decried the jailing of Zuma and changed into accused of tacitly assisting the violence and looting that decreased his city to ruins. Now Zuma guys are in the price of eThekwini.


In KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC has continually had a Zuma headache, and the latest unrest in July plus the bad electoral overall performance withinside the nearby authorities elections via way of means of the birthday celebration have thrust Zuma lower back into the political arena. For the primary time, the ANC changed into decreased too much less than 50% in eThekwini.


The birthday on’s dominance changed into additionally undermined in some of the nearby municipalities in which the IFP has now re-emerged as a primary player – putting in its mayors in councils formerly held via way of means of the ANC.


What is obvious now's that ANC KwaZulu-Natal chair Sihle Zikalala and provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli are at their weakest. Already one of the local teen's systems has known as for his or her resignation.


Both Zikalala and Ntuli will combat for re-election in the past due to ANC provincial conference.


Whoever emerges as the following ANC chief in KwaZulu-Natal will now no longer accomplish that without Zuma’s blessing.


President Cyril Ramaphosa remains smarting from the electoral pounding that the ANC acquired this month.


His ego is bruised after the ANC used him because of the face in their election campaign, arguing that he remained famous regardless of the ANC’s battered image. That did now no longer help. Now his call might be recorded in records as that of the ANC president below whose management the previous liberation motion sank under 50% of the countrywide vote for the primary time on account that 1994.


His five-12 months time period leads to 12 months. For some time it regarded nearly sure that Ramaphosa could be re-elected as ANC chief without an awful lot of a contest. But which could not be guaranteed.


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