DA walks out of eThekwini council meeting to protest forbidden ethics debate

2013-08-29 00:00

A FULL council meeting of the eThekwini Municipality ended in chaos yesterday after 43 DA councillors staged a walk-out and speaker Logie Naidoo accused them of being disruptive.

The councillors accused Naidoo of being biased after he refused to allow a debate on ANC councillor Senzangakhona Shange. He has appeared in front of the ethics committee for three consecutive years for doing business with the city.

Shange pleaded guilty on two charges in 2009/10 and again in the 2010/11 financial years respectively, after his business pocketed almost R280 000 in dealings with the city. Shange, named and shamed in the Manase report, was fined one month’s salary or R18 187,95 as per the Manase report recommendation.

On the third charge, the ethics committee recommended that he be suspended for two months.

DA caucus leader Zwakele Mcwango said several motions and questions had been thwarted over the past few months, because they would embarrass the ANC.

He said Naidoo vetoed the DA’s basic right as an opposition party in the city to question and debate corruption committed by an ANC councillor.

“During the tabling of a report from the municipality’s ethics committee, we discovered that Shange committed the same offence for the third year running and he pleaded guilty each time,” said Mncwango.

Naidoo accused the DA of formulating a strategy to disrupt the council proceedings. “The DA refused to accept the democratic process. It’s not the first time they stage a walk-out after being defeated by vote,” Naidoo said, adding the ethics committee’s recommendation would be submitted to Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube.

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