Greytown councillors’ suspension challenged

2012-05-16 00:00

NINE Inkatha Freedom Party councillors were suspended from the Greytown council during a special sitting yesterday.

Mayor Philani Mavundla said the move followed a statement by IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi on May Day that his party members must renew their membership.

Mavundla said this implied that all IFP members no longer belong to the party until they renewed their membership.

“When we suspended them we indicated that we will write to the IFP to confirm their membership. Everything we did is above board,” said Mavundla.

The affected councillors walked out when the issue was put to the vote yesterday.

The Municipal Structures Act provides that serving councillors can only be suspended after the party writes to the council indicating that they are no longer members.

Mavundla said there was no need for the letter because the announcement made by Buthelezi was sufficient.

“For them to walk away is another offence, which we will be dealing with later,” he said.

The IFP leader in the provincial legislature, Blessed Gwala, said his party had taken the matter up with its lawyer.

“This is Mavundla’s political madness. President Buthelezi never suspended party members by the statement mentioned by Mavundla. He was merely referring to administrative issues. We have changed the look of our membership cards and that’s it.

“If party members were suspended the council would have received a letter from the party indicating that suspension,” said Gwala.


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