Cogta mum on Nkandla council

2012-10-26 00:00

THE Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) is keeping mum on its next course of action after the ANC-led Nkandla council was ousted by an IFP/NFP bloc.

Department spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said they were still assessing the situation.

Last Wednesday, the NFP voted with the IFP to remove mayor Zandile Mcadi-Mpanza and her speaker and deputy mayor for the second time in two months.

NFP councillor Thokozani Ndhlela was declared mayor, along with a new deputy and speaker.

“We are currently going through the various reports to ascertain just what actually transpired and then we will be able to make an assessment. Cogta’s primary concern is to make sure all processes are legally followed and that service delivery is maintained,” said Mabaso.

NFP spokesperson Nhlanhla Khubisa said the party would not comment on the state of affairs in the rural municipality, which falls under uThungulu district.

Ndhlela and two other councillors, Nokuthula Magubane and Sophi Buthelezi, are locked in a battle with the NFP and its disciplinary committee over their expulsion from the party.

They were expelled because of their alleged involvement in the first attempt to oust the ANC on September 12, a move that was overturned by the department a fortnight later. The three councillors have challenged their expulsion.

Ndhlele said a court overturned the expulsion on Monday. This could not be verified.

“We cannot comment on the issues facing Nkandla’s municipality. We are not following the matter and will only have more information possibly next week, once the party’s national executive committee meets,” said Khubisa.

The NFP/IFP alliance in Nkandla goes against a national directive that insists that the NFP side with the ANC.

“The NFP cannot rule Nkandla because they are in a coalition with the ANC. We signed a memorandum of understanding that these two political parties work hand-in-hand with their main aim being service delivery,” said Khubisa. He said the party is in coalition with the ANC in 19 “hung” councils.

ANC KZN media liaison officer Senzo Mkhize said they were aware of the developments.

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