Kaya 959 Reporter
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced who will be leading the party at the uMngeni Municipality.
The DA won control of its first local municipality in KwaZulu-Natal during the 2021 Local Municipality Elections.
On Monday, 8 November, the DA in KZN announced that Mayor Chris Pappas, 30 and Sandile Mnikathi, 26, is the party’s nominee for the position of Deputy Mayor in uMngeni.
Chris Pappas’s speech in the street recently went viral on social media, with many South Africans impressed with how fluent he was in speaking Isizulu.
The incoming Mayor of uMgeni Municipality Howick in KZN Chris Pappas.
— Mfundoyakhe Shezi 🇿🇦 (@Mfundoyakhe_S) November 2, 2021
Pappas, 30, who is very popular in the KZN area, grew up in the farming community of Mooi River and later in Howick, and attended Hilton College.
Mnikathi, 26, holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Political Science and Philosophy, an Honours degree in International Relations and is studying towards a PhD in Political Science.
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Twitter React to new mayoral appointments
The unprecedented move to have the two young leader at the forefront of running the municipality has had mixed reactions on social media.
Useful for understanding tiers and spheres of government, understanding structure and operation of government, legislative procedure, etc.
Perhaps not as to the point as e.g town planning, civil engineering etc but mayors and deputy mayors are political roles.
— Mayibuye Magwaza (@magwazam1) November 8, 2021
Halala!!! It worked for Midvaal. I’m not against older folks…but in politics we need young people to lead… this is their future. For some of us our time here is almost done, let’s pass the baton, peacefully & mentor the young generation with all our faculties still intact
— Jennifer Joni (@jenjoni1029) November 9, 2021
He doesn’t seem to be a 100% DA team player…a small hint dropped by Rebecca Davis in an interview she did with him…
He speaks a slightly different political language by ALL accounts to Gogo and company.
— Kristine is a muscular #antifa-general and woke AF (@JanseKristine) November 6, 2021