‘Scrap NDZ municipality name’ - political parties

2017-03-03 06:00

Siphelele@media24.com

OPPOSITION parties are calling for Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality name to be scrapped and replaced by the Inkosi Miskofili Dlamini Municipality.
The new municipality was named Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma after the Ingwe and KwaSani Municipalities merged in August last year.

The unhappy parties said Inkosi Miskofili Dlamini’s name was proposed by the public and tabled in council in 2015. The municipality’s DA chief whip, Mbuyiseni Phoswa said the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma name was rejected by many councillors in 2015 and it is illegal to continue using it.

“People of this area were not given a chance to debate about Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma name. We were shocked to hear the name in the media.”
Inkatha Freedom Party chief whip and councillor, Sifiso Phakathi said in elections last year the Independent Electoral Commission did not use the name Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality.
“After the merger of Ingwe and KwaSani Municipalities IEC used “KZN 436” to identify the Ingwe and KwaSani area. We believe our municipality is still called KZN 436 until a new name has been approved.

“To name the municipality Dr Nkosazana Dmamini Zuma is not right for the community because Dlamini Zuma represents a particular party. The IFP prefers the name of a traditional leader because it represents the entire community in the area.” Sipho Jaca from Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said the party wrote letters to the municipal manager and to Cogta inquiring about the use of the name Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

He said up until today they have not received a response.
“We also want the municipality and Cogta to give us proof because the name has not been Gazetted, so the municipality is using the name illegally. The municipality is using former KwaSani and Ingwe Municipality logos, which I believe is illegal.”

The concerned parties said the ruling party is using Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s name so she becomes popular because they are pushing for her to be SA’s next president. However, Mayor Ngeneleni Mncwabe denied that people were not engaged when the name was proposed. She said all processes were followed before the name was announced and people who were not happy about it were in the minority. “In a democracy if the majority agrees on something then the minority has to accept. So it is a small group of people who are not happy with our name. I believe the name was Gazetted to Cogta.” Cogta had not responded to an email sent by Fever about the official name of the municipality at the time of going to press.   

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