eThekwini elects Cyril Xaba as mayor

By Zukile Majova

ANC councillor Cyril Xaba, 57, has been elected as the new mayor of the troubled eThekwini metro council.

The R67-billion city has been struggling to rebuild its infrastructure after the devastating floods of 2022. 

Urban areas and townships have been without water for weeks, while some rural parts of the metro have been without water for over six months.

In recent months, rubbish has been piling up in various parts of the city while infrastructure continues to be strangled by overgrowth and poor maintenance of public parks.

In his first address, Xaba said he wanted answers from the municipal manager to explain why water was cut in Pinetown suburbs where residents had paid for water and municipal rates.

This week, the Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology at the Durban University of Technology said high levels of E. coli bacteria were found at 11 beaches in Durban.

These include Ballito Tidal Pool, Westbrook Beach, Umdloti Beach, Glenashley Beach, Virginia Beach, Umgeni River, Umgeni River mouth, Laguna Beach, Country Club Beach, Bay of Plenty, and Addington Beach.

Public bathing at these beaches continued despite previous warnings that they were unsafe for recreational purposes.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal said Xaba’s election would “usher in a new era of accelerated service delivery for the benefit of residents and the business community in all corners of the city.”

“The new mayor … is the right leader who will lead the reconfiguration of the city to ensure that it responds to the needs of residents and the business at large,” the party said.

Xaba is a former member of the National Assembly and served as co-chairperson of the joint standing committee on defence and as chairperson of the portfolio committee on defence and military veterans.

Pictured above: Cyril Xaba. 

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