Cogta intervenes in deadlocked Jozini municipality

2016-09-13 15:31
Nomusa Dube-Ncube. (Picture: Jabulani Langa)

Nomusa Dube-Ncube. (Picture: Jabulani Langa)

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Durban – The Jozini municipality has agreed to meet on Friday and elect office bearers, following three failed attempts, the KwaZulu-Natal government said.

"We have engaged with all political parties and secured their commitment that this meeting convened for this coming Friday will proceed smoothly," Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said on Tuesday.

Dube-Ncube and Transport MEC Mxolisi Kauda facilitated a meeting with representatives of the ANC, IFP, EFF, and independent candidates on Monday.

Dube-Ncube appealed for "political maturity" and co-operation from all parties to ensure the municipality functioned.

"Our first priority is to facilitate a municipality that puts the interests of its constituents before the narrow interests of individual political parties. The people of Jozini have little interest in the political paralysis that had unfolded after last month's local government elections," she said.

Coin toss

Councillors had been leaving meetings early and adjourning meetings before they had completed their business.

Last month, the DA accused the ANC of stalling the election of a mayor and executive council members in the Jozini local municipality. The municipality was at a standstill, the council was deadlocked and service delivery was being affected, the DA’s Jozini political head Mbali Ntuli said.

At the time, ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said two previous attempts to elect council members had ended in a tie. On both occasions the ANC and an independent candidate; and the DA, EFF and IFP coalition each received 20 votes.

He rejected the DA’s proposal to end the deadlock with a coin toss.

"Tossing a coin cannot be a solution because it means you must toss a coin on every decision and there is no government that operates like that. A by-election is the most logical and fair process to solve this matter," he said.

Read more on:    cogta  |  durban  |  local elections 2016  |  politics

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