Ruling party councillors ‘shown the door’

2016-06-24 06:00

THE ruling party has shown the door to two PR councillors, Ntomboxolo Mqikela and Thozama Madikizela, and other councillors will soon follow, this according to Kokstad sub-region chairperson, Phumzile Nocanda.

Mqikela was the PR councillor for wards 7 and 8. Madikizela has been deployed to wards 8 and 5 since 2011. Both councillors are accused of campaigning for opposition parties in the up-coming local government elections.

The situation has been volatile among ANC members since January during the election of candidates, with many leaving the ANC because they were unhappy about the outcome of elected candidates and left the party to support independent candidates.

Nocanda said Mqikela was not elected a candidate at branch general meetings in January and as a result she left to support independent candidates, which is against ANC policy.
Madikizela was expelled because she was campaigning for an opposition party according to Nocanda. It was reported that Madikizela was elected as PR councillor during branch general meetings.

When Fever spoke to Mqikela and Madikizela on Wednesday they denied claims that they are campaigning for opposition parties.
Mqikela pointed fingers at Nocanda and blamed her for the instability of the ANC in Kokstad.

“He [Nocanda] is bossing members of the party around. Kokstad is upside-down because of Nocanda. If he wants me to campaign for independent candidates I will do so, but for now I am still the member of the ANC.”

Kokstad Democratic Alliance Executive councillor, Leon Kotting, released a statement last week accusing disgruntled ruling party councillors for not attending council sessions. “About 11 ANC councillors have downed tools because they are not featured on the candidates list for the 2016 elections. As a result council has been unable to convene,” said Kotting in a statement.

Nocanda agreed that there are councillors that do not attend council meetings and said the party is going to deal with them.
“Investigations against councillors who don’t attend council meetings are under way. We are not going to keep them if they campaign for other parties.”

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