Nongoma: ‘Defectors still on council payroll’

2012-01-27 00:00

TWO former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) councillors who ditched the party to join the National Freedom Party (NFP) earlier this month were still on the Nongoma Municipality payroll on payday.

KwaZulu-Natal deputy chairperson of the IFP, Blessed Gwala, raised his party’s concern over the matter in a statement yesterday.

Khulekani Dladla and Sihlangu Qwabe, who were proportional representation and ward councillors respectively within the Nongoma municipality in Zululand, were among the five councillors paraded as new NFP members at the beginning of the month.

“It is disturbing that a struggling municipality like Nongoma has the commodities to pay for councillors that have resigned from their posts in order to join the NFP,” Gwala said.

He said: “It is of greater concern when the community has to suffer while they are without councillors, but the Independent Electoral Commission [IEC] is not informed of such occurrences.”

Gwala called on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube to launch an investigation into the matter.

However, NFP secretary-general Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa said the two leaders were continuing to work as councillors as they only resigned from the IFP.

“It was up to the IFP to inform the municipality and the IEC about their resignations and for their seats to be declared vacant by the IEC so that there would be replacements or by-elections,” Khubisa said.

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