‘Mayor mad’: MPl’s remark declared out of order

2013-05-22 00:00

REMARKS by an Inkatha Freedom Party MPL accusing the Mayor of uMvoti of madness earned him a rap on the knuckles at a portfolio committee meeting in the KZN Legislature yesterday.

The drama started after the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Department made a presentation to the committee about the troubled municipalities of Endumeni and uMvoti.

Just after Cogta head Non­hlanhla Qobosheane finished her presentation, the IFP’s ­inkosi Bonga Mdletshe expressed his concern about the uMvoti Municipality and the decisions allegedly taken by mayor Philani Mavundla.

“If you look at court cases and rulings of courts, there is somehow madness at uMvoti. It needs to be corrected somehow.”

Mdletshe demanded to know how far Cogta had gone to correct “wrong” decisions taken by the municipality.

He was referring to decisions that were declared null and void by the courts after the IFP had taken legal action.

When committee chairperson Nonzwakazi Swartbooi-Ntombela explained that Qobosheane had already reported on the matter in a presentation, ­Mdletshe interjected, commenting about “Mavundla and his madness” before murmuring about why an insane person had been made a mayor.

This did not sit well with other committee members who described Mdletshe’s language as being unparliamentary.

“We can’t say the mayor is insane because we are not doctors,” Swartbooi-Ntombela said.

“I want to put it on record that we can’t allow [anyone] in this meeting to say the mayor is insane. It is not right,” she insisted.

Committee member Mxolisi Kaunda said Mdletshe was out of order and seemingly had a conflict with the mayor.

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