‘Mayor mad’: MPl’s remark declared out of order

2013-05-22 00:00

REMARKS by an Inkatha Freedom Party MPL accusing the Mayor of uMvoti of madness earned him a rap on the knuckles at a portfolio committee meeting in the KZN Legislature yesterday.

The drama started after the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Department made a presentation to the committee about the troubled municipalities of Endumeni and uMvoti.

Just after Cogta head Non­hlanhla Qobosheane finished her presentation, the IFP’s ­inkosi Bonga Mdletshe expressed his concern about the uMvoti Municipality and the decisions allegedly taken by mayor Philani Mavundla.

“If you look at court cases and rulings of courts, there is somehow madness at uMvoti. It needs to be corrected somehow.”

Mdletshe demanded to know how far Cogta had gone to correct “wrong” decisions taken by the municipality.

He was referring to decisions that were declared null and void by the courts after the IFP had taken legal action.

When committee chairperson Nonzwakazi Swartbooi-Ntombela explained that Qobosheane had already reported on the matter in a presentation, ­Mdletshe interjected, commenting about “Mavundla and his madness” before murmuring about why an insane person had been made a mayor.

This did not sit well with other committee members who described Mdletshe’s language as being unparliamentary.

“We can’t say the mayor is insane because we are not doctors,” Swartbooi-Ntombela said.

“I want to put it on record that we can’t allow [anyone] in this meeting to say the mayor is insane. It is not right,” she insisted.

Committee member Mxolisi Kaunda said Mdletshe was out of order and seemingly had a conflict with the mayor.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.