‘Zululand will not be destabilised’

2013-11-22 00:00

THE IFP’s attempt to take control of the Zululand District Municipality by passing a vote of no confidence against mayor and NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi is likely to be scuppered.

This after the ANC and NFP on Wednesday called an urgent meeting to discuss how to handle the vote the IFP requested on Monday.

The meeting, attended by the parties’ provincial leaders, came almost 10 days after the NFP and ANC provincial leaders re-affirmed their commitment to the memorandum of understanding signed in 2011 in connection with 19 municipalities they co-govern.

The convening of the meeting was against the backdrop of problems experienced in municipalities such as Nkandla District, Imbabazane and Abaqulusi local municipalities where NFP councillors voted together with the IFP against the wishes of their party when motions of no confidence were presented to councils.

The IFP could not be reached for comment.

NFP secretary-general Nhlanhla Khubisa said his party was committed to the memorandum of understanding for the hung councils where no party has an outright majority.

“The two parties agree that we are together and if there is a push to put the matter to a vote, we [ANC and NFP] will vote together against the motion,” Khubisa said.

He insisted that the NFP-ANC coalition was to ensure that there was stability in the hung councils and delivery of services took place without hindrance.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the ANC would work together with the NFP to ensure the Zululand District Municipality was not destabilised.

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