More problems for NFP, ANC pact in KZN

2011-06-03 16:04

Durban - National Freedom Party councillors in KwaZulu-Natal have refused to honour their party's recently concluded pact with the African National Congress for a second time by failing to vote with the ruling party.

"I can confirm that our councillors in Umtshezi Municipality yesterday [Thursday] chose to go against the party's decision of working with the ANC in the hung municipalities," said NFP spokesperson Zanele Cele.

As a result, the formation of the new council and the inauguration of the mayor had to be postponed.

The coalition agreement was concluded just five days ago.

On Wednesday, NFP members voted for the Inkatha Freedom Party during the formation of the Umlalazi Municipality council, which incorporates the town of eShowe.

Cele said NFP councillors had refused to meet with the party’s national working committee (NWC) members.

The NWC members had tried to set up a meeting between the councillors and their counterparts in the ANC before the first council meeting.

Disciplinary proceedings

"The NFP states categorically that it cannot tolerate ill-discipline in the ranks of members appointed to represent the NFP in the hung municipalities," said Cele.

The party administrator had been instructed to start disciplinary proceedings against the councillors who had brought the party into disrepute, she said.

She said the NFP had approached the provincial department of co-operative governance for advice on what had happened in the Umlalazi Municipality.

"Our councillors there [Umlalazi] have apologised. We are now looking at options available to rectify the mistake," she said.

She said the NFP's pact with the ANC had worked well in the Nkandla, Ntambanana, Endumeni, Nquthu, Umvoti, Emthonjaneni, Ukhahlamba, Abaqulusi, Imbazane and Indaka municipalities.

The May 18 local government elections resulted in 19 hung municipalities in the province.

The NFP and the ANC agreed to work as partners in all of them.

The NFP refused to form a pact with the IFP.

The NFP councillors' decision to vote with the IFP in the Umlalazi Municipality gave the IFP control of three municipalities.

  • Slapper - 2011-06-03 16:21

    Pigs fighting over the trough.

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-06-03 16:44

    cry thy beloved country

  • Luke Irlam - 2011-06-03 16:49

    How disconcerting..

  • Grayman - 2011-06-03 16:53

    Ha Ha Ha, I LOVE it! African Democracy at it's best. (I use the word 'democracy' in its very loosest form)

      Peter - 2011-08-10 17:27

      Its not democracy its democery

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-03 16:57

    hah. self destructing in 5...4...3...

  • Justin Schon - 2011-06-03 17:29

    NFP = No Plan

  • Kevin - 2011-06-03 17:32

    NFP-If you side with the anc you will quickly become as useless as them.

  • Hennie van Staden - 2011-06-03 17:35

    Democracy, you are told who to vote for, shame and the leaders think they will be voted for again.

  • Lippy - 2011-06-03 17:50

    Casatu and the other parties should learn from this Becaus ethey have aligned themselves with the ANC and told their votors to align and Vote for the ANC they now have no say in voicing their opinions and directing the country in a way that benifits the country in a meaningful way The other members of teh Tripart alliance have become yes men instead of been able to decide for them selves which is teh best way o go Well Done Vavi for finally waking up and smelling the Roses regarding the Information Bill but seeing that you chose to align yourself in the elections with the ANC you arenow a Toothless lackney who will hav eto foloow his masters voice Thesoone the Triparte alliance spilts up and esctablishing thier own fronts the sooner they will beable to ensure that this counrty will be put back on the right track Until then dont moan about the bed you have just made for yourselves Its time you woke up and started smelling the roses and started standing up for yourselves

      @kevDD - 2011-06-03 18:10

      Dude, Spellcheck, seriously .........

      Nunya - 2011-06-03 19:45

      So what if the spelling is not 100%....geezzz, say something good the ANC is a bunch of losers.

  • mshini wam - 2011-06-03 19:57

    NFP must have pact with DA to govern those apologies DA is only in Western Cape not featured anywhere in other provinces for coalition

      Tiaan Kotzé - 2011-06-04 02:05

      You forgot about the Northern Cape

      Kyle - 2011-06-04 13:43

      Yes, like the people in the western cape will take that as an insult.

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