Ousted speaker seeks justice

2013-07-18 00:00

THE ousted speaker at uMvoti (Greytown) council Ahmed Mohamed Shaikh and the ANC in the municipality have filed papers at the Pietermaritzburg high court over the appointment of the new speaker as an urgent application.

This application is a bid to reverse the election of Mbangiseni Yengwa. Opposition parties had a special council meeting to cast a vote of no confidence in Shaikh.

Shaikh, in the papers, said he is the speaker of the municipality and was duly elected, and is authorised to bring the application.

His founding affidavit said the application arises from unsavoury events that transpired during June and July this year, and culminated in a disputed council meeting held on July 5.

He wants his removal as the speaker in the municipality to be declared illegal and null and void.

Shaikh said he chaired a meeting as the speaker on July 5 where a motion that he be removed as speaker and replaced was carried. He said this motion, with two unidentified signatures, was irregular. Other ANC council members noted a further objection that the motion should not proceed until the pending litigation had been resolved.

Shaikh said his decision was met with anger and violence by certain councillors and the meeting lost all order, resulting in police being called in to monitor the situation.

“In the circumstances, and for reasons of safety and security of council members, the meeting was then adjourned. That should have been the end of the day’s business as the meeting was called to a close by me,” said Shaikh in the papers.

He said the opposition parties then took it upon themselves to elect Yengwa as the speaker. He said this was unconstitutional and accordingly the MEC has now sought to set that appointment aside as illegal.

He said despite the intervention of the police, the IFP continue to make threatening and intimidating remarks to him. He said certain unknown members of the IFP were being bused to the municipal offices on a daily basis.

“These supporters then lurk around the municipal offices in an intimidatory fashion chanting slogans and … threats.”

The matter was adjourned until a date to be arranged.

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