Durban, 05 September 2016 - The Nquthu and Jozini municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal are still without office bearers, two weeks after the deadline for councils to hold their first meeting.
DURBAN – The Nquthu and Jozini municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal are still without office bearers.
This is two weeks after the deadline for councils to hold their first meeting.
The Inkatha Freedom Party said it invited provincial ANC leaders to discuss the matter.
The process has been plagued by disruptions in the two hung municipalities.
The IFP said it wants to engage the ANC about the failure to elect municipal officials in Nquthu and Jozini.
The party said it was prepared to go to the courts.
“The IFP is now convinced that the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube in particular, are on a well-planned and well-orchestrated campaign to subvert the will of the people just as they did in 2011 when they ganged up against us with the NFP. In the recent elections, the people of KwaZulu Natal gave a clear mandate for the IFP to govern certain municipalities, including Nquthu,” said IFP national chairperson, Blessed Gwala.
“But since the first meeting to elect the office bearers in Nquthu, ANC members have been acting in an unruly manner with the clear objective of ensuring that such a process does not take place. MEC Dube-Ncube has been aware of these ANC shenanigans; yet she has deliberately avoided to take decisive steps,” Gwala said.
The ANC and Nation Freedom Party hold 16 council seats in the Nquthu Municipality.
While the IFP, DAA and EFF have 17.
Last week, a high court ruling declared the previous results null void, relegating the three IFP members elected as Speaker, Mayor and Deputy Mayor back to ordinary councillors.
In the case of Jozini, the party believes the ANC is pushing for a rerun.
The IFP also claimed it has proof some ANC leaders attempted to bribe its members in order to sway votes.
It says others have received death threats.