ANC hogs all 10 places at conference

2011-07-28 00:00

THE ANC has unilaterally excluded opposition councillors of the Msunduzi Municipality from a delegation that will represent the council in a Kwanaloga elective conference to be staged in Durban.

During a full council meeting yesterday the ANC, represented by Deputy Mayor Thobani Zuma, announced that 10 councillors from the ruling party will attend the three-day conference of the province’s local government association, which will run from August 2 to 4.

Despite pleas from the Inkatha Freedom Party and the Democratic Alliance to allow for proportional representation, the ANC would not go back on its decision.

When the matter was then put to vote, the ANC won by a landslide.

Said IFP caucus leader Dolo Zondi, “I just want to remind the ruling party of their slogan, that ‘working together we can achieve more’.”

He said it is a sad day for democracy in Msunduzi if on the first day after the councillors’ induction they begin council work on the wrong footing.

Mayor Chris Ndlela said the opposition parties’ views have been noted, and their participation will be considered for subsequent conferences.

DA caucus leader Bill Lambert said his party is appalled at the ANC decision.

“The full council meeting today in our city was a very sad day for democracy. At issue was a complement of 10 seats to represent Msunduzi on Kwanaloga.”

Lambert said, “A counter proposal by the DA suggesting a proportional representation was rejected and even an offer by the DA to forfeit one of its positions to include the IFP was also rejected.”

Speaker Babu Baijoo said it is not a legal requirement to include opposition parties because when the IFP was in charge it basically ran Kwanaloga.

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