ANC accused of ‘interfering’ with running of Msunduzi

2016-03-09 06:00

OPPOSITION parties in the Msunduzi council have lashed out at the ANC, saying the party’s regional executives are “interfering” with the municipality’s administration.

Their reaction comes after the surprise announcement by the ANC-led council this week to request the city’s municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi give reasons why he should not be suspended.

At a full council meeting on Wednesday, councillors from the ANC, IFP and the NFP voted in favour of an investigation into Nkosi for financial irregularities.

While the DA rejected the motion, IFP and NFP leaders said that while they had concerns about the political motives behind the move, they supported an investigation if there was reasonable suspicion that a crime had been committed.

The investigation and call for Nkosi’s suspension come after Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube sent a notice to the Msunduzi council that her department had initiated a probe into Nkosi.

IFP executive committee member Dolo­ Zondi said his party had to support the investigation, but was not happy that the ANC was “politically leaning” on the municipal administration.

“If there are allegations, then an investigation must take place, but these allegations conveniently emerged after a recent ANC conference,” he said.

Zondi said Nkosi had done well with the city and his efforts were known.

DA caucus leader Bill Lambert said he was “absolutely astonished” at the sudden development at this week’s full council meeting.

“For the first time the regional ANC executives were present at our council meeting, and they are insinuating there are problems with our municipal manager. This is the same man who won best municipal manager in the province,” he said.

Lambert said he would monitor the situation­ “very closely” as he believes “something sinister is brewing”.

Rumours of a purge spread rapidly since Wednesday when the ANC’s regional chairman and secretary, Mthandeni Dlungwane and Mzi Zuma respectively, were seen in the public gallery at the council meeting. Zuma has since dismissed the rumour, saying they were carrying out their oversight role as is required by their positions. The same day about 100 municipal employees protested outside city hall in support of Nkosi. The protesters threatened to disrupt the official opening of the KZN Legislature yesterday, however this did not happen. Mayor Chris Ndlela and Nkosi could not be reached for comment despite numerous attempts.

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