Johannesburg - His resignation from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in early July was downplayed as a “publicity stunt”, but now Philani “PG” Mavundla’s abrupt return to politics has come back to haunt his former party.
On Wednesday the construction and property multi-millionaire who shot to fame through his close association with former President Jacob Zuma, caused the biggest upset in the post-1994 political history of Umvoti (Greytown) municipality when he unexpectedly snatched ward seven from the ANC.
He snatched the ward on behalf of the National Freedom Party (NFP), a struggling party he joined when he left the ruling party, thus significantly reducing the majority of his former party.
As a result of the shock victory, the ANC now holds 14 wards in the 27 member council with eleven wards held by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the NFP and the Democratic Alliance (DA) holding one each– 13 when combined.
There has been talk that the NFP and the rest of the opposition parties may soon form a coalition to oust Thami Ngubane, the current ANC mayor.