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ANC at risk of losing power in eThekwini

The smaller parties bloc, now under the leadership of National Freedom Party councillor Zandile Myeni after dumping Abantu Batho Congress Philani Mavundla as chairperson, is to hold a crucial meeting on Tuesday.

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This is where a final decision on whether to formally cut ties with Mavundla and withdraw from the coalition is expected to be made.

According to insiders, the final straw was when the ANC refused to give the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) chairperson position to them, as agreed in the coalition talks which paved the way for the ANC to retain power in eThekwini.

The Daily News also learned that in the meeting held by the bloc earlier in the week, they directed Myeni to file for a motion of no confidence in the entire eThekwini leadership, including Mavundla as deputy mayor.

Although Myeni played down the matter, saying they had not yet taken a decision to withdraw and file a motion of no confidence, she said she would be able to respond properly about the matter after Tuesday’s meeting. She said the meeting would assess Mavundla’s role as deputy mayor and whether small parties had benefited from the coalition.

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