Durban - The battle for the eThekwini Municipality has now moved to who will control the critical five committees and make it to the eleven members executive committee (exco), with the two main factions in the region hoping to gain control.
Both factions want to snatch the committees in order to influence the direction of the municipality and who gets tenders ahead of the eThekwini ANC regional conference, where money is expected to be splashed ahead of the conference.
The five committees are: Security and Emergency Services, Community Services, Human Settlements and Infrastructure, Economic Development and Planning and Governance and Human Resources. These committees have direct access to the community which voice their issues for discussions.
The chairs of these committees join the exco, which is the proverbial engine of the municipality. Being the majority party, the ANC have six members (including the mayor, deputy mayor and speaker) in committee and the rest comes from the Democratic Alliance and Inkatha Freedom Party.
Political analyst, Xolani Dube of Xubera Institute said the reason why there is jostling for these positions was because the exco is like the cabinet of the municipality.