IFP feels three is not enough of a crowd

2011-07-04 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has served papers on the entire Umvoti Council over the composition of its Executive Committee (Exco).

The new ANC council has done what the IFP did previously and kept the composition of Exco to three members. The new Exco is made up of an IFP member, an ANC member and a National Freedom Party (NFP) member. The ANC gave one of its Exco seats to the NFP as part of its coalition agreement with that party.

The IFP is arguing that the Exco should be a four-member team — two seats for the ANC, and two for the IFP, not one seat for the IFP as the situation currently stands.

The IFP in its papers argued that it could limit the previous Exco to three members because it had proportionately received more votes than the ANC in the last election and this proportion was represented in the full council structure. The IFP argues the new Exco should reflect the same proportion as the parties and interests represented on the council, as prescribed by the Municipal Structures Act.

ANC member and Speaker for the municipality, Ahmed Shaikh, said they would definitely be defending the matter and lawyers were briefed over the weekend.

He said the ANC has simply followed the status quo in having a three-person Exco. He added that the Exco fairly represents the proportion in the council.

“The IFP forgets we are in coalition with the NFP, so our numbers are roughly the same as the number of seats previously held by the IFP. In the last council they had 12 seats. In this council we have nine seats and the NFP has two seats, as a coalition we therefore have 11 seats,” Shaikh said.

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