NFP councillors reject ANC deal in Uthukela

2011-06-01 00:00

THE decision by the National Freedom Party’s on Monday to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the ANC to co-govern 19 KwaZulu-Natal municipalities that were left hung after the 2011 local government elections has been rejected by several NFP councillors in the province.

The Witness has reliably learnt that some NFP councillors in three uThukela municipalities — Umtshezi, Okhahlamba and Imbabazane — have rejected the party’s national working committee (NWC) agreement to co-operate with the ANC.

Four municipalities in Uthukela District — the above three and Indaka — were left hung after the 2011 local government elections

Some NFP members in these areas are reportedly contemplating co-operating with the Inkatha Freedom Party instead, a move that is likely to divide the three-month old party formed by former IFP members.

Zanele Cele, a spokesperson for the NFP and member of the NWC-appointed team that was negotiating with the ANC delegation, confirmed that there is “confusion” among some of their councillors in Uthukela over the agreement with the ANC.

“Today we had to convene a special meeting of the entire leadership from the Uthukela district to explain to them the MOU and the nature of the relationship with the ANC.

“We explained that according to law, if municipalities were left hung after elections without any party winning them outright, there should be negotiations between various political parties in order to reach agreement on how those municipalities should be governed. We explained to them that the agreement with the ANC was reached on those municipalities only and it starts and ends there.

“What we discovered is that they were misled into believing that we had merged with the ANC.”

Cele said the NFP leadership will hold meetings in Uthukela district on Saturday and Sunday to explain the nature of the MOU “to the people on the ground as leaders are now satisfied”.

A joint ANC-NFP team has been established to visit all the hung municipalities to explain the co-operation between the two parties, he added.

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