Umvoti mayor granted court interdict

2012-11-20 00:00

UMVOTI (Greytown) mayor Philani Mavundla applied for an urgent court interdict to stop a council meeting scheduled for today.

It is believed that the meeting would have been used by the IFP and NFP to table a motion to pass a vote of no confidence on Mavundla as mayor.

Pietermaritzburg high court Judge Piet Van Zyl directed municipal speaker Rajendra Persadh Maharaj to postpone the meeting pending the finalisation of Mavundla’s application.

Van Zyl further ordered the respondents to pay the costs of the application, and gave them until no later than tomorrow to file their response.

Umvoti Municipality is run in a coalition by the ANC and the NFP in terms of their 2011 agreement.

A first meeting in the past two weeks to table the motion was called off after the council failed to make a quorum.

Mavundla said the NFP must decide on who they want to be with between the ANC and IFP in the municipality as they can’t have both.

“They should comply with the agreement of the parties. We will work with them to better our municipality.

“Taking them [NFP] to court was the only way to stop the meeting. I am happy that the order was granted,” he said.

IFP member and former Umvoti mayor Petros Ngubane said Mavundla was applying delaying tactics on the matter.

He said they will honour the court ruling and continue to work with the mayor.

“Poor relationships in council will negatively affect service delivery,” he said.

Umvoti NFP councillor Sibongiseni Shange said they felt disrespected by Mavundla’s court move.

He said instead of going to court the ANC should have approached the NFPs senior leadership.

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