Abaqulusi infighting rages on

2013-10-01 00:00

THE Abaqulusi Municipality in Vryheid has again been embroiled in political infighting.

A meeting to consider a DA and IFP motion of no confidence last Thursday against ANC councillors, mayor Nonhlanhla Khaba and speaker Mphumzeni Mtshali, did not sit as planned.

This after the ANC and some NFP councillors stayed away from the meeting, resulting in the lack of a quorum.

The move also meant the council failed to pass a resolution on indigent ratepayers who are eligible to receive discounts for payment of basic services and rates, among other things.

There are now plans to hold another meeting today if there are at least 23 councillors in attendance.

The council currently has 43 councillors and has a vacant seat after former ANC councillor André Lotter resigned earlier this year. The ANC and the IFP each have 16 councillors, while the DA has three councillors, the NFP seven and the Owethu Residents’ Association one.

But two rebel NFP councillors side with the IFP and DA instead of the coalition.

IFP caucus spokesperson Mbongeni Sibiya said yesterday his party lost confidence in Khaba after she allegedly brought the council into disrepute by delaying implementing council and mayoral committee decisions to appoint Vusumuzi Mthembu as the municipal manager, until the courts compelled the municipality to do so.

Mthembu’s appointment is now the subject of a court case after Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube asked that his appointment be nullified amid allegations of a falsified curriculum vitae.

The DA’s Harry Heyns said his party submitted a motion against Mtshali because he was incompetent in his job, was biased against the DA, and disallowed their motivations to council to investigate irregular expenditure, among other things.

Khaba could not be reached for comment as her cellphone rang unanswered.

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