ANC recalls Ingquza Hill mayor Mdingi
The ANC has recalled embattled Ingquza Hill mayor Pat Mdingi.
Set to take his place is Bambezakhe Goya, who currently heads the infrastructure & engineering portfolio, a well placed source told the Daily Dispatch.
The Dispatch understands Mdingi was informed that he would be reshuffled on Monday by ANC provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi.
OR Tambo regional task team member Xolile Nkompela confirmed the recall before referring the Dispatch to Ngcukayitobi for further comment.
Mdingi fell out of favour with the party after failing to provide court-sanctioned shelter to residents whose housing structures were unlawfully demolished by the Lusikisiki municipality in 2016.
Soon after the evictions, Mdingi and his municipality were ordered by the court to build temporary structures for the families. When the municipality failed to do so, Lawyers for Human Rights applied for urgent relief.
The LRC’s Louise du Plessis launched a class action lawsuit to have the municipality pay for damaged goods. Du Plessis said some families had to move in with family members and some were living in shacks, the Dispatch reported. The 35 families said there was no prior warning before the demolition and they were not given an opportunity even to remove their furniture.
In April Mdingi was jailed for a weekend for contempt of court over the incident with the ANC calling for his head.
In November the party’s provincial deployee committee met to discuss an exit plan for Mdingi.
Ngcukayitobi, who refused to comment on the recall, had earlier told the Daily Dispatch that the ANC was deeply concerned that some party deployees in government did not appear to take courts seriously.
He said the party would take stern action against deployees who dismissed court orders.
Mdingi was also in hot water for ignoring an instruction from co-operative governance MEC Fikile Xasa to suspend municipal boss Mluleki Fihlani on maladministration allegations.
“The man has been living on an island, doing as he pleases. Unfortunately for him that is not the way the ANC works. We are all deployed and we all should toe the line when necessary,” the source said.
Mdingi denied he had been recalled...
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