Ousted ANC restored at Nkandla

2012-09-24 00:00

THE high court granted an urgent order on Friday, restoring the ousted ANC mayor, deputy mayor and speaker of the Nkandla municipality to their positions.

The three had been ousted on September 12 when the NFP, which is in a coalition agreement with the ANC at several Kwa­Zulu-Natal councils, voted instead with the IFP.

After the 2011 local elections, the council was run together by the ANC, which achieved 41% of the vote, and the NFP, which was nicknamed the “kingmaker” at the time and had secured 12%. The IFP had 46% and lost control of the council for the first time since 1994.

The NFP’s Thokozani Ndhlela was installed as mayor, the IFP’s Thami Ntuli as deputy mayor and the NFP’s Nokuthula Magumede Magubane as speaker.

Friday’s order, which was obtained by consent, restored ANC mayor Zandile Mcadi-Mpanza to her position, and T.O. Ndhlela and M.B. Ngcobo to the positions of deputy mayor and speaker respectively.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube had approached the high court for the urgent order to “restore legality” to the Nkandla council.

She said in her affidavit that she was concerned about the failure of democracy, the “delinquent behaviour” of councillors and the breaches of the rule of law in the running of municipalities. “What concerns me most at Nkandla municipality is that a group of councillors acting illegally have taken power from the current holders of positions in the municipality,” said Dube.

She said the municipality would therefore be acting illegally and would not be accountable until the illegality was corrected.

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