The most trustee friend of Ace Magashule, Councilor Mxolisi Siyonzana has taken over the hot seat as the new Mayor of Mangaung Metro.
His appointment comes after the long-wait since the metro municipality’s mayoral office has been vacant since 2019, following the exit of Olly Mlamleli in a motion of no confidence driven by the ANC councilor in 2019.
Siyonzana was elected in the special counsel seating with over 57 of the votes casted for him, although there were 88 councillors present.
So who is Siyozana, how did he took over the major position?
Siyonzana is known as a staunch ally of suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule. Prior to his newly appointment, he was the speaker of the council before the ANC’s interim provincial committee selected him as its preferred mayoral candidate.
Prior to his election, the DA described his nomination for the post as “contemptuous”, saying he had failed to be accountable and accused him of having played a prominent role in protecting corruption over the past decade.
He has also been linked to the ANC interim provincial committee coordinator Paseka Nompondo – a one time ally of former Free State ANC chair Ace Magashule.