KwaZuluA new opposition party mayor was elected in the uMtshezi (Estcourt) Municipality on Tuesday, sparking outrage from the ANC last night on grounds that proper legal procedures were not followed.
The new mayor is Abel Dlamini of the NFP.
However, Co-operative Governance and Tradition Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube expressed concern at what she described as “a deliberately engineered ploy by some elements within local government in KwaZulu-Natal to derail the effective functioning of municipalities”.
A statement released by her department said the uMtshezi municipality was the second municipality to be plunged into crisis due to the souring of relations between the ANC/NFP coalition.
It is believed that the NFP and IFP convened a council meeting where the new mayor was elected after having passed a motion of no confidence in the sitting ANC mayor.
According to the statement, the council meeting took place despite the fact that the majority of councillors were not available.
But IFP councillor Alpheus Vilakazi said all procedures had been followed and there had been no irregularities.
“The petition was started last week and the council was aware that a new mayor would be appointed today.”
The municipality has 17 members on its council, with the ANC controlling nine seats; the NFP holds three seats, the IFP has a share of four and the DA controls one seat.
“According to information at our disposal the meeting continued despite the fact that there was no quorum, and the legitimate presiding officer, in the person of the Speaker, was not present,” said Dube.
DA provincial chair Haniff Hoosen said there was constant infighting between the ANC and IFP in uMthsezi, with the NFP being “a ball” between them.
He said the motion was moved by the IFP, but the DA had abstained from voting. – The Mercury