NFP hurts KZN coalition after ANC mayor sacked

2012-09-14 00:00

THE National Freedom Party in Nkandla has further jeopardised the party’s provincial coalition with the ANC by sacking ANC mayor Zandile Mcadi-Mpanza.

The NFP’s coup d’état on Wednesday was done by majority vote in the council, without the mayor being present, through an agreement with the IFP.

After the 2011 local elections, the council was run by coalition between the ANC, which achieved 41% of the vote along with the NFP, which was nicknamed the “kingmaker” at the time, had secured 12%.

The IFP had only 46% and therefore lost control of the council for the first time since 1994.

However, Wednesday’s development puts the NFP firmly in charge of the council through a deal struck with the IFP.

The newly elected executive consists of Thokozani Ndhlela (NFP) as mayor, deputy mayor Thami Ntuli (IFP) and speaker Nokuthula Magumede Magubane (NFP).

This is the second council that the ANC has lost this week in the province, while conversely it is the second council this week where an NFP member has been inserted as mayor.

On Tuesday, Bhekithemba Dlamini of the NFP was elected in the uMtshezi Municipality after an agreement reached with the IFP.

According to IFP Nkandla councillor Bongani Dhlomo, the council was “forced to vote Mcadi-Mpanza out”.

“We were not happy about her leadership ever since she started serving her term. When she was elected as mayor she stopped several projects, misused municipal funds and interfered with contracts.”

He said the new leadership would also suspend municipal manager Bongimenzi Ngcobo until they completed an investigation into the financial status of the council.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said they are aware of the matter. Attempts to contact Mcadi-Mpanza were unsuccessful.

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