KZN Mayor Accused of Conspiracy to Commit Murder Back to Office

BY BONGANI GINA

Embattled eNdumeni Municipal Mayor Sboniso Mbatha says the situation is getting back to normal in his municipality following his bail release.

Things came to a halt in the eNdumeni municipality in the north of the province last month, after Mbatha and the two other accused,  Estcourt Councillor, Mthembeni Majola and the alleged hitman, Xolani ‘Shorty’ Makhathini were charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.

The trio is accused of plotting the assasination of the Municipal Speaker Mbatha Makhathini allegedly eminating from the fight over the Municipality security tender.

Speaking exclusively to Gagasi FM News, Mayor Mbatha says he has taken back the reigns as the Mayor following his R2 000 bail release. "I resumed work last week already, we passed the budget and I am chairing some portfolio committees as per usual, it is all system in place now," says Mbatha.

He says the allegations against him are just a political plot against him and his party the IFP, "You remember that we took power from the ANC, and that did not come down well with them, they are not taking it lying down."

"No investigation has found me guilty of any offense or allegation levelled against me," says Mbatha.

The IFP is ruling the Endumeni Municipality with the help of the DA. Democratic Alliance Leader in the Province Zwakele Mncwango says the law allows Mbatha to go back to his Mayoral position.

"Since he was released on bail, the municipal governing law allows him to resume his duties till he is found guilty by the court of law, so it is within all his rights to resume work, his party the IFP will deal with the rest of the matter internally," says Mncwango.

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