Mxolisi Kaunda
Durban - The eThekwini Municipality will today elect new political leadership after a more than two-month vacuum that started when the ANC in KZN suspended former mayor Zandile Gumede on June 10.

However, the swearing-in of the new mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, who will be deputised by former MEC Belinda Scott, will not mark the end of the troubles for the municipality as there was still bickering over who will make it to the all-powerful 11-member executive committee (Exco).

According to ANC insiders in the eThekwini region, there are two main factions hoping to gain control of key committees, including Exco.

Both factions want to influence the direction of the municipality and who gets lucrative tenders before the eThekwini ANC regional conference, where money is expected to be splurged.

Apart from Exco, the other five municipal committees are: security and emergency services, community services, human settlements and infrastructure, economic development and planning, and governance and human resources.

The Mercury understands that the deployment committee met on Tuesday evening to discuss the matter.

A party insider said a decision was taken to ask for CVs to ensure that only the best candidates were appointed.

But another insider, close to Gumede, claimed the ANC provincial executive committee was planning to “capture” Exco by installing people loyal to them during the damaging battle to remove Gumede.

The spokesperson for the ANC in KZN, Ricardo Mthembu, said the selection process, which was under way, would be settled by today.

The Mercury