Xola Phakathi is ANC candidate for Buffalo City

The African National Congress in the Eastern Cape has announced Xola Phakathi as the Buffalo City Metro mayoral candidate.


Phakathi has been the deputy mayor for almost a year. He is the former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) provincial secretary and former member of the Eastern Cape Legislature.

Last year, Phakathi was elected as Dr WB Rubusana Regional chairperson. 

Xola Phakathi is regarded as a tried and tested leader of the ANC. 

He grew up in the structures of Cosatu. He was the leader of Cosatu in the province. 

Last year, Phakathi and Alfred Mtsi were deployed to Buffalo City Metro as deputy mayor and mayor respectively. Both leaders were mandated to bring the much-needed political and administrative stability in the municipality.

ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane says Phakathi has played a great role in the municipality.

“He is currently deputy of that municipality and he was part of the team sent in that municipality as part of intervention and we think that in terms of continuity he will handle things with care and as a metro we should be able to pull all stops to ensure that the ANC get what it deserves.” 

Phakathi and Mtsi replaced former Buffalo City mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and her deputy Themba Tinta, who are allegedly involved in the Nelson Mandela funeral saga.

As part of bringing stability to the municipality, the ANC deployed Ncita and Tina to the National Council of Provinces and Bhisho Legislature respectively.

Mabuyane says the ruling party’s intervention in the municipality has paid dividends so they want Phakathi to be back at the helm of municipality.

“Comrade Xola Phakathi the chairperson of the region in this Dr Rubusana region formerly known as is one of those who would have been out there much more covered having been the leader of Cosatu in province for some time and currently deputy mayor and you would understand the invention we have made there in that region.” 

Buffalo City Metro has been riddled with political and administrative chaos in the past few years.

Almost two months ago, workers at the metro were protesting, demanding to be remunerated according to the status of the metro.

South African Municipal Workers Union Regional Secretary, Zolani Ndlela, says they hope that Phakathi will resolve the workers’ problems at the municipality.

“We are going to look at him in terms of his posture towards workers and the frustrations that workers are facing now especially the issue of metro status where workers are demanding that they must be paid at level of metro and the issues of reviewing policies and the respect of the law which  governs the Labour Relations Act.”


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