Service delivery: ‘VZ’ to read riot act

2011-04-13 00:00

JUST over a month before the May 18 local government elections, more than a thousand National Freedom Party (NFP) candidates from across Kwazulu-Natal will be read the riot act about service delivery.

They are to be addressed by party president Zanele Magwaza-Msibi at a briefing scheduled at the Umlazi Cinema outside Durban tomorrow morning.

Magwaza-Msibi told The Witness yesterday the aim of the meeting is to make NFP candidates aware of how to enhance service delivery once they have been elected as councillors.

 The NFP leader said the meeting will also be held to welcome to the party about 26 amakhosi (traditional leaders) who have aligned themselves with the party since its formation in January.

NFP spokesperson Andile Biyela said in a statement that Magwaza-Msibi will brief the NFP candidates on service delivery strategies formulated by the party so that they will know what is expected from them if they win their wards.

Said Magwaza-Msibi, “After these briefings, should they fail to perform according to party instructions, they must know that the party will be at liberty to take action against them and remove them as our councillors.

“We want to entrench the NFP’s values, which always emphasise great respect and co-operation between the elected and traditional leaders.

“Our candidates should be exemplary with respect for themselves, respect towards voters, as well as towards the traditional leadership institution.

“It will be imperative for them as candidates to respect voters and to take them seriously so that they will be able to deliver the much needed services to their communities.”

Meanwhile, the NFP has lodged a complaint with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) over the removal of the party’s election posters and billboards in some municipalities controlled by the Inkatha Freedom Party.

The NFP’s national elections manager, Maliyakhe Shelembe, said their billboards were removed in Paulpietersburg in eDumbe Municipal District.

There have also been threats to remove them in other municipalities under Zululand and uMzinyathi district municipalities.

The IFP “claim we are transgressing municipality by-laws”, he said.

“We have taken up the matter with the IEC as the IFP is the signatory to the IEC’s code of conduct and the political tolerance agreement which was signed by all parties participating in the elections,” Shelembe added.

The IEC spokesperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Thabani Ngwira, said yesterday he was not yet aware of any such complaints lodged by the NFP.

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