Nkandla mayor ousted

2012-10-19 00:00

THE NFP and IFP councillors once again voted out Zandile Mcadi-Mpanza as the Nkandla Municipality mayor on Wednesday through a vote of no confidence.

This follows the first attempt to vote out Mcadi-Mpanza, who was later restored by an order from the Pietermaritzburg high court after the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs intervened.

In mid-September the NFP in the Nkandla Municipality, in defiance of a provincial coalition with the ANC, ousted Mcabi-Mpanza through a vote of no confidence by voting with the IFP.

This time around, the NFP/IFP mutineers believe they have got it right by following “due process”.

The newly-elected deputy mayor, councillor Thamsanqa Ntuli of the IFP, said the councillors didn’t trust the now impeached ANC leadership.

“The majority of the councillors were not happy about the previous leadership, this time we made sure that all procedures were properly followed and we voted in the presence of the municipal manager,” said Ntuli.

The NFP’s Thokozani Ndlela is the newly elected mayor while Nonhlanhla Nzuza of the IFP was appointed as speaker.

ANC KZN media liaison officer, Senzo Mkhize confirmed that they are aware of this incident.

“As the African National Congress we have received reports about what is happening in Nkandla, however we are still going to sit down with National Freedom Party’s leadership at a provincial level so that the NFP can intervene in the situation,” said Mkhize.

NFP spokesperson Nhlanhla Khubisa said the party had not received any documentation or communication about the election of the new Nkandla mayor.

He said three councillors in Nkandla, who were involved in the September vote of no confidence against Mcabi-Mpanza, were expelled from the party on Thursday last week.

“The NFP cannot rule Nkandla because they are in a coalition with the ANC. We signed a memorandum of understanding that these two political parties work hand in hand with their main aim being service delivery,” said Khubisa.

Khubisa said the party is in coalition with the ANC in 19 “hung”

municipalities.

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