Imbabazane: Court rules ANC governs, not IFP-NFP

2013-02-20 00:00

The ANC is in charge of the beleaguered Imbabazane Municipality once again, months after the National Freedom Party and Inkatha Freedom Party passed a vote of no confidence in the mayor and the speaker.

This follows a decision by the high court in Pietermaritzburg on Friday to reinstate the mayor, Phindile Strydom, and speaker Mondli Mkhize.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube placed the municipality, near Estcourt, under provincial administration last month.

The Witness reported that Mkhize’s bodyguard, Bonginkosi Ndlovu, narrowly escaped a hail of bullets at Mkhize’s house at Ntabamhlophe last week.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal welcomed the reinstatement of Strydom and Mkhize.

They were removed last year after they objected to the irregular appointment of a municipal manager and alleged politicisation of the appointment of senior managers.

Said ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala: “Subsequent to that, the municipal manager illegally presided over a council meeting that elected a new council with a new NFP mayor and speaker. An IFP deputy mayor was also elected.”

Zikalala said that in terms of the Municipal Systems Act and the Structures Act, only the speaker and duly appointed municipal manager could preside over a council meeting.

“So the meeting that brought about the regime change was declared illegal by the court. The court further ordered that the legitimate leadership be reinstated,” he said.

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