IFP sacks council defectors to NFP

2011-02-24 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has issued letters of dismissal to five Msunduzi Municipal councillors who have joined arch rivals the newly formed National Freedom Party (NFP).

This sparked heated debate during the full council sitting at the city hall yesterday.

IFP caucus leader in the council, councillor Dolo Zondi confirmed his party has dismissed three Proportional Representatives (PR) and two ward councillors after discovering they had defected to the NFP.

He said the three PR councillors are Patrick Bhengu, Dorris Hlongwane and Msawenkosi Maphunulo; the ward councillors are Zwelinjani Magubane and Sbusiso Ntuli.

“These councillors cannot serve the interest of the IFP because they have joined the newly formed party,” said Zondi.

During the sitting, Sbusiso Ntuli said the IFP cannot dismiss the PR councillors because they were appointed by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). He said the party therefore has no authority to dismiss them.

However, administrator Sbusiso Sithole said: “If the party that a councillor is representing no longer requires their services then they cannot do anything to stop it from dismissing any councillor.”

Meanwhile, in his report to full council, Sithole emphasised the municipality must be able to use its forthcoming budget effectively if it is to deliver quality services to the community.

He said the municipality needs to move from the state of being stable to functioning normally.

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