Opposition councillors ‘cross over’

2016-01-08 06:00
Photo: supplied Harry Gwala ANC regional chairperson Zamo Nxumalo, former DA caucus leader Lwande Madikizela, KZN provincial ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala, former DA exco member Ntandazo Nyembezi and former chief whip Carren Walker at the announceme

Photo: supplied Harry Gwala ANC regional chairperson Zamo Nxumalo, former DA caucus leader Lwande Madikizela, KZN provincial ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala, former DA exco member Ntandazo Nyembezi and former chief whip Carren Walker at the announceme

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THE Democratic Alliance has described the exodus of three councillors in the Greater Kokstad Municipality to the ANC as “failed councillor candidates”.

The proportional representative councillors Ntandazo Nyembezi, now the former exco member of the DA in Kokstad, caucus leader Lwande Madikizela and Chief whip Carren Walker have joined the ANC.

Welcoming them on Wednesday, ANC provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala­ described the move as the end of the “excited DA political in Kokstad”, but DA rejected the idea that the ANC is welcoming failed councillor candidates rejected by the DA's rigorous­ candidate selection process for the 2016 elections.

Zikalala said they are humbled by their commitment to build a national democratic society which can only be attained through the policies of the ANC.

“We are humbled by your exemplary conduct not only to reject racism, but also join an organisation with a clear programme of building a non-racial society.
“The ANC leadership has always believed and hoped that soon the overwhelming number of DA members will reflect on this issue of racism in their party with serious obligatory depth, bearing in their mind that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, both black and white,” said Ziakaka.

KZN DA leader Zwakele Mncwango said the DA does not welcome mediocre performers, but apparently the ANC does.

“On the day that KZN was announced as the second worst performing province regarding the matric results, the ANC chose to deflect attention by welcoming those rejected by other parties into its ranks with loud and brash press events,” said Mncwango.
He said that Zikalala must steady the ship and take leadership as thousands of pupils look to the ANC and the provincial government for answers on the poor matric results. Instead Zikalala politicked while the education department burned.

“Zikalala has failed his first test in leadership.

It is clear that the education of our children is at the bottom of his priority list.

If Zikalala indeed does become premier, the people of this province must brace themselves for a ship without a captain,” said Mncwango.

Madikizela, Nyembezi and Walker could not reached for comment at the time of going to press.

If Zikalala indeed does become premier, the people of this province must brace themselves for a ship without a captain

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