Council sitting disrupted

2018-03-09 06:00
ANC members outside the Umuziwabantu municipal building.

ANC members outside the Umuziwabantu municipal building.

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ANGRY members of the ANC had to be removed by police from the Umuziwabantu Local Municipality Council chambers after they disrupted a special Council meeting and forcing municipal workers out of their offices on Wednesday afternoon.

The council meeting was about the passing of the municipality’s mid-term budget adjustment.

The meeting started smoothly but later, members of the ANC entered and chanted songs, accusing some ANC councillors of siding with the opposition against the mayor, Dixie Nciki, and speaker Mzwandile Nyathi.

The council was adjourned as members of the ruling party were allegedly seen jumping on tables inside the Council chambers, and destroying food that was prepared for councillors after the meeting.

Lwazi Zindela, a ANC Umuziwabantu sub-branch member, said they heard rumours that the special sitting was called to pass a vote of no confidence against the mayor and speaker.

He said ANC members decided to disrupt the proceedings so that the notion would not be successful.

“We also heard that eight ANC councillors are supporting the vote of no confidence against the mayor and speaker and we will not allow that to happen. We are not violent, the only thing we want is to defend our mayor and speaker,” said Zindela. He said the ruling party has 14 councillors.

The municipality has had no manager since the contract of Sazi Mbhele ended. Zindela said the municipality must hire a new manager quickly or renew Mbhele’s contract.

Mayor Nciki said the ANC caucus has dealt with the rumour about removing her and the speaker.

“At the ANC caucus, we were told that there is no one who has a right to take a decision about the redeployment of members of the party. I can confirm that at the moment, the speaker has not received a notion about a vote of no confidence against the speaker and mayor,” said Nciki.

She said a letter has been sent to the MEC of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, and the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, to return the situation to normal in the municipality.

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