Opposition parties boycott council meeting

2017-07-13 06:01

OPPOSITION parties in eThekwini Municipality accused the ANC of “contravening the Rules of Order” after the full council meeting scheduled for June 29 was called off and moved to June 28.

Three political parties, EFF, DA and IFP boycotted the meeting that took place last Wednesday.

In a media statement sent to the Weekly, DA said: “The other opposition parties in eThekwini Municipality, EFF and IFP have joined forces with the DA in boycotting the council meeting. This decision comes after the Speaker of Council, councillor William Mapena, violated Section 6(2) of the Council’s Rules of Order, which requires that councillors be given a 72-hour notice on the changes of scheduled council meetings.

“By rescheduling the meeting without proper notice, members of the public were denied the opportunity to participate in council affairs. The attendance of the public is a mandatory requirement as per section 19 of the Municipal Systems Act.

However, eThekwini Municipality was adamant that “all due processes were followed to change the date”.

eThekwini Speaker William Mapena said: “On Monday, I met with the party whips of the various political parties following a request from a number of councillors to move the date of the meeting. There were a number of considerations made to change the date including that treasury has a number of items to be finalised before the end of the financial year on June 30.

“Therefore, I decided to move the meeting forward by a day. These claims that processes were not followed are not true as I consulted the Municipal Systems Act and Municipal Structures Act as well as the Rules of Order before making a decision and was in compliance with these. I have not violated any rules. As the speaker, when councillors make a request to me I must respond to them. Changing the date of the meeting was not a political decision.

“Obviously councillors are from political parties who requested the change of date, but it was not for a few councillors. It is quorum issue. Dates of the executive committee and full council have been changed before without issue. All the party whips were at the meeting and no one was against it.” - Supplied.


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