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By unknown | May 07, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

An IFP mayor who wanted to buy a new mayoral robe and limo but was instead fired, will today challenge his dismissal in court.

Petros Ngubane, the mayor of Umvoti municipality in Greytown, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midland, got the boot when he pushed for a 12 percent increase to finance "the purchase of a new luxury R400000 vehicle and new ceremonial gowns, robes and chains to the tune of R225000".

ANC councilors instead passed a vote of no confidence in him and rejected the draft budget.

Ngubane's challenge of his dismissal will be heard today in the Pietermaritzburg high court.

Yesterday the ANC filed opposing papers. Philani Mavundla, chairman of the ANC in the Bhambatha region, said they filed counter-papers because they believed they had a legitimate case.

He said ANC councillors, who are clearly in the majority, passed a vote of no confidence in the mayor because they "wanted to avoid the proposed rates hike" to buy new robes and mayoral car.

"I proposed a resolution calling for a 6 percent rates increase instead of the proposed 12percent," Mavundla said in his affidavit.

"I detailed how this would be achieved by cancelling the proposed purchase of a new mayoral car as the one he was using was only about two years old," he said yesterday..

"We are defending the poor. We can't have a mayor who wants to spend so much on things that we can live without.

"But if the court rules that Ngubane is still the mayor we will respect that and work with him."


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