IFP, DA protest choice of ANC trio

2011-03-03 00:00

OPPOSITION parties reacted with shock that disgraced Msunduzi Executive Committee (Exco) members who were stripped of their power, are on the comeback trail.

The names of former Msunduzi mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo, deputy mayor Mervin Dirks and Exco member Themba Zungu have been proposed by ANC members as candidates for councillors in the forthcoming local government election.

Nkosi Bonga Mdletshe, the Inkatha Freedom Party’s shadow minister for co-operative governance, said the nominations make a mockery of clean governance. The IFP is committed to choosing candidates who will enhance clean governance, he added.

“Although ANC members have a right to choose whom they want, it must be remembered that these people have a blemished record: they were removed from their positions,” he said.

Mdletshe said the situation indicates the ANC’s lack of interest in ensuring that local government works smoothly and without maladministration. He added that there is nothing to stop these former members fighting to get their old positions back.

Mark Steele of the Democratic Alliance said the situation says a number of things about the ANC’s attitude to voters and its commitment to accountability.

At its manifesto launch, the ANC had claimed it wanted councillor candidates who are committed to service delivery and accountability. “Their words mean nothing or they believe the voters are such fools that they will overlook the track record of the previous ANC-led Msunduzi Exco … this is political arrogance on a grand scale,” Steele said.





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