IFP councillors on edge ahead of election for new mayor

2015-11-12 15:49
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Johannesburg – The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday said its councillors were on edge ahead of the re-election of a new mayor for the Mthonjaneni Local Municipality on Friday.

IFP chairperson Blessed Gwala claimed in the build-up to the elections, IFP councillors had received death threats.

“This is a plot to intimidate them ahead of tomorrow’s election,” he said.

He said two weeks ago council, through a vote of no confidence, removed ANC Mayor Maureen Dlangamandla and elected IFP Councillor Mbangiseni Biyela as the new mayor.

“The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs [Cogta] took the matter to court, because they believed proper processes were not followed. Last week they withdrew the case and the re-election processes will go ahead tomorrow [Friday],” Gwala said.

He said the intimidation was aimed at disrupting the re-election.

"It is quite clear IFP ward councillors are being targeted... and this gives credence to the rumours there is a well laid-out sinister plan to instigate disruption in the process of electing a mayor on Friday."

He said political intolerance had raised "its ugly head again" in the province.

IFP councillor in Mthonjaneni, Sbonginkosi Biyela, said they had reported the threats to the police just in case "something happens”.

Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso and KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary Super Zuma were not immediately available to comment.

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