‘Plot to bewitch’ speaker exposed

2015-11-04 06:00
PHOTO: khaya magenu Greater Kokstad Municipality Speaker Zolani Mhlongo.

PHOTO: khaya magenu Greater Kokstad Municipality Speaker Zolani Mhlongo.

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SENSATIONAL claims of a plot to “bewitch” Greater Kokstad Municipality speaker Zolani Mhlongo are threatening to split ANC councillors.

Tensions ran high as top-ranking ANC councillors at Greater Kokstad Municipality confessed to approaching a well-known traditional healer in Umzimkhulu to bewitch Mhlongo, thanks to an upcoming KwaZulu-Natal provincial conference leading to the alleged confession of faction groups within the councillors.

The senior ANC councillors were at a leadership meeting in the municipal boardroom last week when they admitted their deed against the speaker.

Mhlongo could not be reached for comment at the time.

Reliable sources told Fever that the problem started when councillor two verbally attacked councillor one.

Councillor one then retorted by telling councillor two that she will spill the beans about their plot to kill Mhlongo with muthi.

The two councillors used to be “joined at the hip”, but the ANC provincial conference, scheduled for next month has rendered them enemies because they are on opposing factions.

One councillor supports Sihle Zikalala to lead the ANC in KZN, the other the current chairperson, Senzo Mchunu.

A reliable source at the meeting said councillor one stood up and reminded councillor two of their trip to a “powerful” sangoma.

“Don’t talk too much because I will expose the dirty work we have been doing together. Do you remember when we went to a sangoma in Umzimkhulu to get muthi to bewitch the speaker? Don’t be too quick to forget,” councillor one reportedly said.

Mhlongo and other councillors at the meeting trembled after the alleged revelation by councillor one was exposed. Soon after, councillor one left the tension-filled meeting and it is alleged she came back singing a well-known Zulu kwaito song Umlilo by Big Nuz, with the lyrics Lomlilo uyashisa uzunga wothi, uyashisa ungawulokothi - “this fire is hot you must not start it” - apparently warning councillor two not to start something he cannot finish.

Spokesperson for the Mhlongo family and older brother of GKM speaker, Jabulani said they heard of the alleged confession and are shocked.

“We heard of the alleged plot to bewitch my brother. As the family were shocked and surprised to learn that this plot was allegedly made by senior people in the municipality,” he said.

Greater Kokstad ANC sub-regional chairperson and Greater Kokstad Municipality ANC Chief Whip, Phumzile Nocanda, said he was part of the leadership meeting, but does not have details about the alleged confession of certain councillors, but he did remember one of the councillors singing a Big Nuz song.

Greater Kokstad Municipality spokesperson Sabelo Ncwane said: “The meeting you are talking about is an ANC leadership meeting that deals with leadership issues in the ANC and as administration we are not allowed to comment on ANC matters.

“I would suggest you contact the relevant ANC structures who deal with the media inquiries.”

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