NFP expels three rogue councillors

2013-05-14 00:00

THE National Freedom Party (NFP) yesterday announced the expulsion of three of its councillors who had sided with the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) against its wishes in council meetings.

Provincial chairperson Vikizitha Mlotshwa named the expelled councillors as Nompumelelo Zondi of Umsinga Local Municipality, Abaqulusi Municipality deputy mayor Nonkululeko Ndlela and executive committee member Sakhayedwa Sakhi Siyaya.

In a statement, Mlotshwa said they were no longer members of the NFP.

He said Zondi was hauled before a disciplinary hearing after she had accepted a nomination from the IFP to serve on the executive committee.

She did not heed the party’s instruction to withdraw her name and resign from the IFP-led executive council in Umsinga Municipality, he said.

Mlotshwa said Ndlela and Siyaya voted with the IFP when the Abaqulusi Municipal council appointed a municipal manager.

“They went against our decision. Our position was that we were not in favour of the candidate,” he said, adding that the pair had voted with a party that was not in alliance with the NFP.

The NFP and ANC entered into a coalition to govern 19 hung municipalities.

Mlotshwa said the expulsion of the trio sent a strong message that the NFP would not allow its members to do as they wished.

“We know that the coalition is not a nice thing, but we won’t allow a situation where people do as they please.

“We had workshopped our members on the coalition and they can’t vote with them [the IFP].”

The three councillors confirmed receiving the expulsion letters last Friday.

Sakhi said he was expelled before he had given his version of the story.

He has lodged an internal appeal to his expulsion.

Zondi said: “We are expelled for no good reason.”

She said she had taken the executive committee position after the council had voted for her and she claimed their expulsion was due to their being in a faction that was unpopular with the leadership.

Zondi has instructed her lawyers to file an application in the high court in Pietermaritzburg to reverse her expulsion.

Ndlela pointed out flaws in the disciplinary processes that were followed. She said the expulsion arose from the factionalism that characterised the NFP at its first congress in 2012 and referred to the “power” (pro-leadership faction supporting Zanele Magwaza-Msibi) and “finish” (anti-leadership) camps.

“We did not support the current leadership.” She said she had also instructed her lawyer to lodge an application in the high court.

Mlotshwa said he was unaware of the court challenge.

“We will await them and oppose their court action,” he said.

• mayibongwe.maqhina

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