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DA KZN accuses ‘ANC’ MM of collapsing uMngeni inauguration

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has accused suspended uMngeni municipal manager (MM), Thembeka Cibane, whom the party describes as an African National Congress (ANC) MM, for collapsing the inauguration of councillors at the municipality.

On Friday, the DA’s uMngeni mayor-elect Christopher Pappas said Cibane’s suspension terms prohibit her from being on the municipality’s premises and so her presence at the inauguration made the meeting illegal, which prompted his party to abandon it.

Pappas alleged that the ANC was willing to proceed with the inauguration with Cibane present.

“Besides that, the acting municipal manager had an obligation to implement the terms of suspension, which he failed to do so, which we believe then implicates him in what happened today,” Pappas said.

Pappas and Sandile Mnikathi, the 26-year-old who was nominated by the DA to deputize the 30-year-old mayor-elect, had to be sworn in as councillors at the Howick Magistrates’ Court.

Pappas was reportedly expected to open a case against Cibane, who is on precautionary suspension reportedly over the alleged irregular spending of the municipal infrastructure grant.

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