Revolt over new mayor

Rochelle de Kock, Yoliswa Sobuwa and Mkhululi Ndamase

WHEN the new Nelson Mandela Bay mayor-elect Benson Fihla, 81, sets foot in the City Hall next week he will have as many detractors, who feel he is too old to run the city, as supporters.

While some of the younger councillors feel Oom Ben, as he is known, will burn out before the national elections next year, the older ones say his experience as a quality cadre is what the city needs to regain its former glory.

As news about outgoing mayor Zanoxolo Wayile’s redeployment hit the streets early yesterday, Cosatu began rallying thousands of its members to embark on a massive march to the ANC’s regional headquarters today.

They plan to call for all the party’s Bay leaders to step down.

And by last night, angry ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) members, who will join the march, had already threatened to burn down the City Hall in protest against the decision to redeploy Wayile and deputy mayor Nancy Sihlwayi.

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