ANC councillors ‘boycott’ eThekwini deputy mayor elect

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Diana Hoorzuk is expected to be the next eThekwini Municipality deputy mayor.
Diana Hoorzuk is expected to be the next eThekwini Municipality deputy mayor.

EThekwini ANC councillors have collapsed another council meeting by not attending, allegedly in protest of deputy mayor elect, Diana Hoorzuk.

On Thursday, the community services committee and the finance, security and emergency services committee both could not sit as a quorum was not reached due to the ANC boycott.

The finance committee is chaired by Hoorzuk, who was elected by Durban’s executive council into the position.

Zandile Mkhize, DA councillor who serves on the same committee, said only six out of 24 ANC councillors attended the meeting.

“Only two out of the ANC’s absent 18 councillors submitted lawful leave, clearly showing a political stay-away,” said Mkhize.

ANC councillors also collapsed a full council meeting last month by staying away to prevent the election of the deputy mayor.

Sibongiseni Mkhize, ANC eThekwini council chief whip, said he was not aware that 18 ANC councillors did not attend the finance meeting on Thursday.

Mkhize also denied that ANC councillors are against the nomination of Hoorzuk as deputy major.

“As ANC councillors sithumiwe (we are sent there) by the party. We get our mandate from the party so anyone who is also sent by the party like councillor Hoorzuk, we also support,” he said.

Mkhize blasted the ANC’s conduct, saying the infighting was preventing council from executing important duties.

“There’s a lot of important units that fall under the finance committee and if we are not meeting to vote on decisions then we are delaying the units from progressing,” said Mkhize.

The DA has called on eThekwini council speaker, Weziwe Thusi, to institute disciplinary hearings against the ANC councillors.

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