IFP, DA walk out of council meeting in KwaMashu

2014-03-20 00:00

AN eThekwini council meeting held at KwaMashu hostel yesterday was marred by the walkouts of the IFP and DA, with both expressing unhappiness at how the meeting was run.

The drama started when scores of IFP supporters were barred from entering the Rotary Stadium, where the meeting was being held, for wearing party T-shirts.

This was in apparent enforcement of a decision to ban party T-shirts from the meeting to minimise tensions ahead of a by-election to be held in the IFP stronghold next week.

The barring of the IFP supporters prompted their councillors, led by caucus leader Mdu Nkosi, to demand answers from Speaker Logie Naidoo.

The IFP councillors walked to Naidoo and the council’s security officials were called in. Nkosi was asked twice to leave the meeting and eventually left, followed by the other IFP councillors and their supporters, when they received no explanation.

Nkosi said his party wanted to know why the council had different policies for different parties because ANC members had attended a recent meeting at Umbumbulu wearing party T-shirts.

“We wanted the speaker to answer on the record. He failed for three hours because he was not prepared,” he said.

Naidoo said all parties had agreed that nobody would come to the venue in party T-shirts and that the IFP had raised the matter yesterday when it was not on the agenda.

In another development, DA councillors were irked when their attempts to debate reports tabled at the meeting were not allowed, and because the council continued meeting in their absence when they had been excused for 10 minutes to have a caucus meeting.

“The question was how you can continue with a meeting when we were outside,” DA caucus leader Zwakele Mncwango said, adding that the walkout was staged when the items discussed in their absence were not reconsidered.

Naidoo said the council had continued with its meeting after the DA failed to return when their 10 minutes had expired.

• mayibongwe.maqhina@witness.co.za

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