IFP slams ANC plan to absorb Nkandla into new metro

2015-02-03 12:05

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The IFP is opposed to a recommendation that Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal be absorbed into a new metropolitan municipality.

“It is disingenuous and utterly opportunistic for the ruling party to want to govern Nkandla through underhanded tactics,” Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa said in a statement today.

“If they want Nkandla they must go through the ballot, but history tells us that they have failed dismally to win the hearts of the people of Nkandla.”

Nkandla is run by the IFP. It is also President Jacob Zuma’s hometown.

The Sowetan newspaper reported today that Nkandla would be part of one of the country’s three new cities after the 2016 local government elections.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan reportedly asked the Municipal Demarcation Board that some municipalities become part of metropolitan municipalities.

Nkandla would form part of one of the new proposed metros. The centre of the new Nkandla metro would be Richards Bay.

The IFP said the Nkandla municipality was well-run.

“The IFP is running a tight ship in Nkandla municipality, serving the people every day with dedication, honesty and integrity,” Hlengwa said.

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