The Mpumalanga ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) may dismiss renegade mayor Johan Mkhatshwa and all councillors who backed his Monday power grab in rural Nkomazi. On Monday, the PEC met to address Mkhatshwa's defiance of the national executive committee (NEC) by accepting his nomination as mayor today. After holding interviews, the NEC decided on Phindile Magagula as the favored candidate and requested Siphiwe Mashele as the speaker.
Mkhatshwa and Mashele, on the other hand, accepted their nominations when the new council convened on November 23. When the PEC requested that Mkhatshwa resign, he refused. He then proceeded to choose his mayoral committee on Friday. He appointed Bandi Shongwe, an EFF councillor and Ehlanzeni region secretary, as a member of the mayoral committee.
According to sources inside the PEC, when Mkhatshwa was suspended by the party but continued with his disobedience, the PEC's only option is to expel him.
According to one source:
The PEC will remove him and the members of his mayoral committee from their positions. Following that, it may result in expulsion. Mkhatshwa, an associate of suspended Ehlanzeni regional task force convenor Ngrayi Ngwenya, and a cohort of Ngwenya's followers are said to be planning to launch a new political party.
According to another PEC source:
What else is possible in this circumstance except expulsion? He has twice disobeyed the organization. Last month, the PEC suspended Ngwenya for five years on misconduct allegations stemming from his support for former President Jacob Zuma before to Zuma's incarceration for contempt of court. Mkhatshwa and Ngwenya are political allies.
Mkhatshwa's disobedience is also a demonstration of opposition to the apparent power shift in favor of the Focus faction headed by interim chairwoman Mandla Ndlovu. Mkhatshwa and Ngwenya are allies of Deputy President David Mabuza's Ngci faction.
Ngci has been on the defensive for some time, since since Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane fell out with Mabuza and was removed as the Ngci faction's face. The two groups will dispute the election of Mabuza's successor at the PEC. The province has been unable to host a conference since Mabuza was appointed vice president in 2017. It is now expected to convene early next year.
Other renegade ANC councillors have also rejected the party in other parts of the province. Councillors in Mkhondo elected an independent candidate, Mthokozisi Simelane, as mayor. Mduduzi Dlamini of the African Transformation Movement was chosen speaker, while Siphesihle Mkhwanazi of the EFF was named council whip.
Councillors in Msukaligwa chose their favourite councillors to the mayor, speaker, and chief whip posts. In Thaba Chweu, rogue councillors pitted ANC comrades against one another, with Mayor Fridah Nkadimeng defeating her comrade, Paul Mokgosinyana, by a single vote. According to interim provincial ANC secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, all councillors would face disciplinary action.
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