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MATSAPHA – “You see, I am still the mayor.” These are the direct words of ousted Matsapha Mayor Sandlane Zwane as he occupied the seat reserved for the mayor during yesterday’s meeting.

 Zwane further chaired the meeting, which was where a motion to suspend Councillors Mfanufikile Dlamini and Bongani Mamba was supposed to be moved by Councillor Bongani Mkhatshwa.

However, the motion was not moved as the councillors did not form a quorum. In fact, there were only three councillors in the chambers; Zwane together with Councillors Bongani Mkhatshwa and Mavela Shongwe.

The rest of the council members; Councillors Bongani Mamba, Mfanufikile Dlamini, Musa Ndzimandze and Deputy Mayor Siphesihle Sibandze, together with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lucky Sukati, did not show up for the meeting.

 It is worth noting that the members of council who were conspicuous by their absence were those who were part of the meeting which was held at Matsapha Police Station at around midnight on Tuesday and passed a vote of no confidence against Zwane.

The meeting was scheduled for 2:30pm yesterday but upon seeing that they were not forming a quorum, the mayor and the two councillors waited for 30 minutes as per the Standing Orders.

At 3pm, they called upon the council’s Corporate Services Manager, Princess Kholwaphi, to stand in for the CEO so that the meeting could be official.
The corporate services manager was also asked to assist in taking minutes of the meeting.


According to the mayor, it was only the CEO who called his secretary to inform the meeting that he was indisposed.
“Otherwise, the rest did not make apologies, as according to the Council Standing Orders, a councillor should make an apology at least 24 hours before the meeting,” the mayor said.

Furthermore, the chairman said they were expecting the CEO to be available as councillors because they wanted him to furnish them with the minutes of the meeting which took place on Tuesday afternoon in the council chambers.

“I cannot talk about the meeting which took place outside the chambers later on the day because I do not have control over it,” Zwane said.
The mayor asked to adjourn the meeting, but Councillor Mkhatshwa asked to be given a chance to voice a concern.


The councillor said he was disappointed with the CEO and the other councillors’ conduct and argued that when they came to meetings, they spent money.
On the other hand, Councillor Shongwe wondered why the CEO failed to tell his secretary to give them the minutes when he reported about his absence.
On that note, the chairman added that the town clerk should have also delegated someone to act in his position for the sake of progress.

According to the chairman’s analysis, the absent members of council were showing no respect for ratepayers who elected them to represent their interests. He said this was because the ratepayers, including the Chairman of their association, Steven Motsa, were in the chambers but the councillors were not there.

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