KwaDukuza Council has elected Cllr. Lindile Nhaca as the Speaker of Council. She assumes the previously occupied role by Phumlile Zulu, who resigned in February 2021 to join the KZN Provincial Legislature.
Nhaca previously served as the Chairperson for the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC)—serving in the same position since 2016 during the current Term of Office. In addition, she previously served on the same portfolio between 2013 and 2016 and was elected during a recent Council virtual meeting, where she thanked members of the Council for the opportunity.
Upon accepting her role as Speaker of Council, Nhaca enthused, “I wish to thank representatives of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Council, as well as Councillors from the opposition bench for affording me yet another opportunity to lead one of the country’s fastest-growing municipalities as Speaker of Council.” Admitting this is not an easy role, she accepts it with a sense of honour, knowing it is a task requiring collective leadership in and out of the sitting of Council.
“Beyond politics, we have a responsibility to provide the much-needed leadership to our people and where we don’t seem to reach a convergence of ideas, we owe it to our people to put their interests first. We live in very challenging times. The rapidly accelerating outbreak of the coronavirus has come with great devastations. This includes amongst others, the ailing economy, the upsurge of crime, corruption and unemployment which further intensifies poverty. It is through such conditions that we all need to work as one society in order to overcome such challenges.”
Therefore, Nhaca highlights that she accepts this mandate in the knowledge that it also calls for collective responsibility that rests across all members of Council, as guarantor for the support she will receive from all public representatives who took the Oath of Office, committing all of them to do what they can in their efforts to advance the interests of the people.
Among other key responsibilities, Nhaca will preside over Council meetings, ensure the Rules of Orders of Council are followed, serve as an appeal authority in terms of the PAIA, conduct activities of the Speaker’s Forum and other bodies, including that of coordinating the functioning of Ward Committees to ensure good governance, the development of society and service delivery.
Nhaca received praise from the Mayor and congratulatory messages from other members of the Council. Cllr Dolly Govender enthuses, “She comes with a lot of experience, I’m sure she will deliver her best and take the ANC to its greater heights.”
She also resigned as the Chairperson of MPAC with immediate effect. Cllr Zinhle Ncube accepted the role of Proportional Representative for the ANC, filling in the vacant position by former Councillor Phumlile Zulu. Cllr Elphas Dlamini, who is the new Ward 05 Councillor, was also introduced to Council, representing the Inkatha Freedom Party.
Congratulations to Cllr. Lindile Nhaca as she takes on her new role as speaker of Council.
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