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Council divided by JZ's freedom

By unknown | Jan 25, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

A war of words has erupted between the ANC and the IFP in the Umvoti Municipality, Greytown, over the municipality's decision to bestow the freedom of the town to ANC president Jacob Zuma.

The IFP is further infuriated by Zuma's photo that's hung in the council chambers - and the ANC has vowed not to pull down their leader's photo until the IFP has removed photos of president Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Lionel Mtshali.

ANC chairman Philani Mavundla, responsible for putting up Zuma's portrait on Monday, said they will argue to the bitter end for it to remain on the wall.

"I took the decision because Zuma is our leader. We did not question them when they decided to put their leaders' portraits there.

"He is our president, as much as Buthelezi is the president of the IFP," said Mavundla.

He said it would have been better had the IFP-led municipality put either Mike Mabuyakhulu or Sydney Mufamadi's pictures in the chambers because they are relevant people in charge of local government.

Mayor Petros Ngubane said there was no bickering regarding the picture because it was not put there officially. He claimed that the people who put it there were not even councillors. "I saw the picture when I was attending a selection meeting and complained because people who did so had no authority to do so," said Ngubane.

On the granting of the freedom of the town to Zuma, Ngubane said the ANC would have to motivate it, but said "as far as he was concerned, Zuma had done nothing for the area".


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