IFP rushes to find 40 councillors

2011-02-08 10:19

The IFP is trying to replace more than 40 councillors who have defected to its breakaway party, the party said today.

“We have more than 40 councillors who have defected or been fired. We are trying to make sure that they are replaced as soon as possible,” Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) deployment committee member Bongomusa Bhengu said.

Some of the councillors were dismissed for having ties with the National Freedom Party (NFP), led by former IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi. Others defected when the party was formed last month.

Bhengu said it would be easy to replace the majority of the councillors as most were proportional representative councillors.
“I think only 13 are ward councillors.”

Replacing ward councillors would involve the province’s co-operative governance MEC Nomusa Dube declaring by-elections.

Bhengu said the majority of defections took place in Zululand, where Magwaza-Msibi was a district mayor before her fallout with the IFP.

The IFP felt “betrayed” by the councillors.

“Although we feel betrayed, but we are happy that the troublemakers have left the party. The situation is quiet now and we are busy preparing for the elections,” Bhengu said.

Dube’s spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the MEC would intervene if the need arose.

“There is no need to panic. The MEC will make sure that service delivery is not affected. She will explore all legal actions to make sure there are no disruptions,” he said.

NFP organiser Bonga Nzuza said there were more than 40 councillors who defected to his party.

“There number is definitely more than 40 and we are expecting more to join our party before the elections.”

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