MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Mayor Nxumalo and Nigel Gumede Must Go

05 August July 2013    

  

In addition to the call it made last week for the ANC's eThekwini Councillor Nigel Gumede to step down from the Council in the light of the Manase Report's findings, the IFP has again made a similar call to eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo. The party said this in a statement issued reacting to the Sunday Tribune report which stated that Mayor Nxumalo knew about the illegal sale of RDP houses as far back as 2008.  The Sunday paper reported that according to a whistle-blower, who is named in the Manase Report, they confronted Nxumalo who was then Speaker of eThekwini Municipality about the illegal sale of RDP hoses at Cato Manor, Mayville and Ridge View but Nxumalo did nothing about that information.

 

In last week's release, IFP's Deputy National Spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko had issued a call for Gumede to step down from the Council on the basis that, according to media reports, "seven eThekwini councillors and several housing officials sold free RDP houses in Cato Manor to desperate home-seekers for between R1000 and R20000." Mazibuko stated that, when the IFP leaders publicly made this claim after their visit to Welberdacht East and Cato Manor, where they had been told by some residents about this fraudulent activity, Gumede thereafter went public to justify the sale of RDP houses. Mazibuko argued that since the Manase Report had vindicated them that such an activity was illegal, Gumede must step down for having defended a fraudulent activity.

 

In today's statement Mazibuko went on to argue that Nxumalo too must step down from the Council because the Report indicates that he kept silent and did nothing to ensure that those who engaged in robbery were brought to book.

 

"Today's revelations that even Mayor James Nxumalo knew and did nothing about these illegal activities where some ANC Councillors were engaged in day-light robbery by selling RDP houses meant for the poor, indicate once again the depth of the rot that is ravaging the ANC. Mayor Nxumalo cannot continue in his position as though nothing is wrong. He too, like Councillor Nigel Gumede, must step down from the Council," said Mazibuko.

 

"If the two leaders see no reason to step down on their own, the ANC must recall them, if it still has some semblance of integrity. Any self-respecting organisation cannot allow leaders implicated in such activities to continue in their positions," he concluded.

 

 

For Further Information:

 

M. Joshua Mazibuko

IFP Deputy National Spokesperson: 083 992 6135