Who Will Take Charge
Who Will Take Charge: Internal battles among ambitious regional bigwigs have come to the fore as the party gears up for municipal elections. Here we take a look at who might take it. Municipal elections are held every five years to elect councillors who will be responsible for governing a municipality for the next five years.
Mondli Gungubele’s chances of retaining his position as Ekurhuleni executive mayor after the local government elections appear to be slim after a faction opposed to ANC Gauteng chair Paul Mashatile took over the regional leadership last year.
The outcome of an investigation by public protector Thuli Madonsela over the ill-fated prepaid electricity smart meter contract could spell the end of Tshwane mayor Sputla Ramokgopa’s political career.
Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau is in the good books of Gauteng ANC chairperson Mashatile and his provincial executive committee. Without doubt, the provincial leadership would want Tau, who is also the party’s regional chair in Johannesburg, to retain his position after the local government elections.
Nelson Mandela Bay
It is almost a done deal that Danny Jordaan is the ANC’s preferred mayoral candidate in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropole, despite him being criminally investigated in connection with the 2010 World Cup.
Zandile Gumede could become the mayor of the eThekwini metropolitan municipality after she won the race to lead the ANC’s largest region in December.