IFP told to let go of amajuba

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has accused the IFP of illegally clinging to power in the Amajuba district after being defeated in the recent municipality by-election.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has accused the IFP of illegally clinging to power in the Amajuba district after being defeated in the recent municipality by-election.

Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala yesterday said they were "appalled at the IFP's brazen disregard for the will of the people by continuing to cling to power in the district".

The spat follows the ANC's recent victory of by-election in the Amajuba district in Newcastle in which the ANC won all four wards.

Three of them were previously under the IFP.

The victory meant that an ANC mayor could take over the municipality from the IFP's Mkhulu Mlangeni, a mayor of the Amajuba district.

But on Monday the IFP applied for a court interdict to stop the council from holding a meeting at which the reins would have been given to the ANC.

"It is time that the IFP respected the wishes of the people and appeal to its mayor to resign voluntarily."

The ANC has also called on KwaZulu-Natal MEC for corporative governance and traditional affairs Nomusa Dube to intervene in the matter.

"We are concerned that there is currently no governance at Amajuba, which will in the long run impact on service delivery," Zikalala said.

"That is why we call on the MEC for local government and traditional affairs to also pursue legal options in order to bring stability in that district," he said.

Dube's spokesperson, Mthatheni Mabaso, yesterday said the MEC had expressed her concern about the fact that the council had not met since August 13 - rendering the municipality dysfunctional.

"Dube will not hesitate to take appropriate actions as demonstrated in the other municipality.

"She's appealing to all those concerned to speedily resolve this matter," Mabaso said.

The IFP was not available for comment.

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