ANC, DA councillors lock horns

2014-06-13 00:00

POLITICIAL posturing has already started at the Msunduzi Municipality in the run-up to the 2016 local government elections.

That is, if yesterday’s Executive Committee meeting is anything to go by. There was an hour-long debate that at times turned vitriolic between ANC and DA councillors over a long outstanding item — the number of ward committee and community meetings held by two DA councillors in 2013.

There was also a third councillor aligned to the ANC who was brought to book. However, Ward 29 councillor Thandi Ndlovu got off lightly as she was never mentioned nor questioned in the debate while Ward 28 councillor Nithia Govender and Ward 31 councillor Rooksana Ahmed came in for a grilling.

The DA’s party whip Roger Ashe, who had come in to support his councillors, was also given a hard time and reminded constantly by the mayor that he was there at the invitation of Exco and could only make comments and not pass motions. Ashe said he felt affronted that he was being restricted from speaking.

ANC councillor Thulani Xulu called on the two councillors and the DA as a party to accept responsibility for not holding the meetings and admit that they were wrong.

Ashe said the DA could not take responsibility for what were largely service delivery issues. This did not go down well with the ANC Exco members.

Mayor Chris Ndlela questioned the councillors closely on how in touch they were with all sections of their community, including those living in informal settlements and whether they were representing the interests of all their constituents.

The meeting ended on a more reconciliatory note when the mayor said that all councillors must see themselves as part of the municipality and not adopt an us and them attitude.

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