ANC, NFP coalition takes control of IFP municipality

2011-06-22 11:27

An ANC and National Freedom Party (NFP) coalition gained control of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)-led Umlalazi municipality, which incorporates Eshowe, yesterday.

“We are happy that the municipality is now under our coalition,” said NFP spokesman Andile Sibiya.

The ANC and NFP formed a coalition to work together to form councils in 19 hung municipalities after the May 18 local government elections.

However, soon afterwards, the IFP won a mayoral seat after NFP councillors voted for the IFP instead of the ANC.

They also did so in the Umtshezi municipality.

Votes of no confidence in the leadership of both municipalities were passed before the councils were reconstituted through secret balloting.

Sibiya said it was difficult for the NFP to take disciplinary action against councillors for defying party orders pertaining to the coalition.

“It is difficult to deal with this matter because we don’t know who did it. The voting process was done secretly,” he said.

“We can also have a problem if this matter is taken to the court of law because we will not have proof that they did it.”

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the governing party was happy the issue of Umlalazi municipality had been rectified.

The initial Umlalazi and Umtshezi votes gave the IFP control of four municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, rather than the two it now controls. 

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