Deal leaves IFP with two councils

2011-05-31 00:00

THE ANC has control of 58 of KZN’s 61 municipalities following the signing of a ground-breaking memorandum of understanding (MOU) between it and the National Freedom Party in Durban yesterday.

After negotiations that lasted a week, the agreement signed by KZN ANC leader Premier Zweli Mkhize and NFP president Zanele Magwaza-Msibi will see their parties co-governing 19 hung municipalities.

The NFP was open to approaches by both the ANC and IFP, but insisted the IFP apologise for dubbing the new party a project of the ANC.

Msinga and Ulundi were won outright by the IFP, while the NFP won eDumbe.

The ANC, which previously had control over 29 mostly urban municipalities, secured outright victory in 39, including some in traditional IFP rural strongholds.

Referring to her demand for an apology from the IFP, Magwaza-Msibi said that “a perception had been created that this co-operation started long before the elections and that the NFP was started and funded by the ANC … some parties are claiming they were now vindicated … I want to set the record straight in the hope that that will come to an end … The NFP is independent and has got nothing to do with the ANC or the IFP.”

Mkhize and Magwaza-Msibi were quick to point out that despite the signing of the MOU the two parties will “remain independent and autonomous political parties” and that the agreement will only apply in the 19 hung municipalities.

Mkhize said ANC-NFP co-operation will be no different from similar coalition agreements the ANC has had with the IFP, the Minority Front, the New National Party and other parties.

He also denied the ANC offered a position in the KZN cabinet to the NFP as previously alleged.

In anticipation of possible disputes between the two parties, a dispute resolution team was established to ensure smooth running of the municipalities.

“Parties agree to meet regularly to to ensure political management of the entire process from time to time, and also monitor and evaluate the performance of the working relationship. Sub-committees have been appointed to enhance the smooth working of the partnership and resolve all conflicts …

“The two committees comprising members of both parties have been constituted at regional/district and local level to oversee the relationship,” the MOU says.

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