Happy Losers: IFP cheer anc takeover as it purges Umtshezi of NFP

2011-05-05 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party officials in Estcourt were jubilant yesterday, despite having lost control of the local uMtshezi Municipality a day before to its arch-rival, the ANC, after the council passed a successful vote of no confidence against the controlling officials.

This development comes after most IFP councillors in the municipality, including the ousted mayor, Bhekithemba Dlamini, recently defected to the breakaway National Freedom Party led by former IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

When The Witness visited Estcourt yesterday, uMtshezi’s IFP constituency secretary, Mthembeni Majola, was seen driving around the municipal offices with a loudhailer, making jokes about the council having been lost to the ANC, to the cheers of ANC supporters.

Majola said, “We are happy that the NFP-supporting councillors are no longer in charge of this council. They deserve the humiliation meted out to them when they were defeated by the ANC during the election for top officials. As the IFP we worked very hard to be in charge of this municipality, but it ended up being controlled by people who were opposed to the IFP.”

The IFP, which previously had seven councillors to the ANC’s six and DA’s one, was running the municipality, but with the emergence of the NFP all but one of its councillors defected to the NFP and were expelled and only managed to replace proportional representation councillors.

On Tuesday the remaining IFP councillors agreed to collude with the ANC to remove Dlamini who is an NFP candidate in the coming election, only for the ANC to nominate its own candidates for all three top positions.

The ANC chief whip in the council and now speaker, Phiwokwakhe Sokhela, said that despite having only two weeks to run the embattled uMtshezi Municipality before the new council is installed, the party wants to root out corruption and make changes within the budget, which is expected to be passed next week.

“Our main concern was the abuse of municipality property for private or party political purposes. That will come to an end under the ANC control …” Sokhela said.

The IFP, led by Majola, had previously organised a march against the NFP-controlled municipality alleging that corruption, nepotism and maladministration were rife in the municipality.

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