KZN News Bites: Move to axe ABC’s Mavundla

Sihle Mavuso presents the latest news from KwaZulu-Natal. 

Greytown – The IFP and the ANC are sworn political enemies but have formed a rare alliance to remove Philani PG Mavundla as the mayor of Umvoti (Greytown) municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. The councillors of the two parties jointly signed a motion to remove Mavundla and the speaker, Mfundo Masondo, who are both from the Abantu Batho Congress (ABC). Among those who signed the motion is Ntombi Ngubane, the regional chairperson of the ANC in the Inkosi Bhambatha region (Umzinyathi) who is currently Mavundla’s deputy. Mavundla told Scrolla.Africa that the two parties are ganging up against him and Masondo because he has called for an independent KwaZulu state.

Bergville – The man who killed his girlfriend and dumped her body in the Ngconocisi River in Bergville in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Tuesday is expected to make a first appearance in court on Wednesday 17 April. The alleged killer was hunted down by the community of the village of Bethany and handed over to the police. He allegedly dumped the body of Karabo Kubheka in the swollen river in the hope that it would be washed away and never found. 

Newcastle – The former deputy mayor of Newcastle municipality, Musa Shukela Thwala, is facing life as an ordinary councillor if his court bid to set aside his removal does not succeed. This is after National Freedom Party and African Transformation Movement councillors filed a motion to remove him from the decision-making executive committee. Thwala’s removal will be discussed when the council meets on Thursday 18 April.

Babanango – The Mcakwini house of the Buthelezi clan in Babanango in northern KZN will host a ceremony on Saturday 20 April to congratulate Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi on his appointment as the traditional prime minister of the Zulu monarch and nation. Buthelezi, a direct descendant of Inkosi Phungashe Buthelezi, was appointed in January to commemorate the battle of Isandlwana. Inkosi Phungashe worked closely with King Shaka, the founder of the Zulu nation. 

Durban – The much talked about Home Affairs office at Pavillion Mall in Durban will be officially opened by Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Monday 22 April. The new office in the busy mall will offer smart ID and passport services “on the go”.

Pictured above: There are moves to remove Umvoti mayor Philani PG Mavundla of the Abantu Batho Congress.

Image source: Sihle Mavuso

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