Nkandla metro plan a ‘power ploy’

2015-02-05 00:00

POLITICAL analyst Zakhele Ndlovu believes the move to turn Nkandla into a metropolitan municipality is a plot to regain power by the ruling party.

Yesterday the IFP opposed a ­recommendation made to make President Jacob Zuma’s hometown of Nkandla a new metropolitan municipality.

The party’s comments come after a Sowetan newspaper report that Nkandla would be part of one of the country’s three new cities after the 2016 local government elections.

It was reported this week that Co-operative Governance and Traditional ­Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan asked the municipal demarcation board to ­consider some municipalities as ­metropolitan municipalities.

“This is just politics. At this stage we don’t even know how this will benefit Nkandla,” said Ndlovu, who teaches politics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“I think they are trying to get more areas under Nkandla so that they can win votes and regain power. What this tells us is that the 2016 election campaign has started. The ANC is no doubt laying the foundation to start regaining the ­president’s home.”

IFP MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa said “it is disingenuous and utterly opportunistic” for the ruling party to want to govern Nkandla through underhanded tactics.

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

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