Buffalo City Metro residents demand removal of ward councillor

Nokuphumla Gamnca was suspended in March pending an investigation into corruption allegations

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Buffalo City Metro residents are demanding that the municipality remove demand Ward 20 councillor. Photo: Lisekho Madikane

By Lisekho Madikane

30 May 2019

Residents from Ward 20 in Buffalo City Metro, Eastern Cape, closed the entrances to the NU6 and NU7 municipal buildings on Thursday. The group of about 80 protesters demanded that ousted ward councilor Nokuphumla Gamnca be prevented from working in the community.

Gamnca, an ANC councillor, was suspended in March pending an investigation into allegations of corruption and unlawful behaviour. He was replaced by former BCM engineering head Ncedo Kumbaca.

Last week Tuesday, residents burnt tyres in front of Gamnca’s offices, demanding that she leave. They claim that Gamnca is refusing to hand over the reigns to Kumbaca despite her suspension.

ANC spokesperson Lulama Ngcukaitobi said Gamnca’s disciplinary hearings were ongoing.

On Wednesday, residents also disrupted the City’s budget announcement by Mayor Xola Pakati also calling for Gamnca’s removal. Residents are now standing guard at the ward councillor’s office to prevent Gamnca from entering.

Attempts to contact Gamnca for comment were unsuccessful.