"Councillors of the Abaqulusi
Municipality today successfully elected Mr Sipho Basil Dlodlo as
its new Speaker," Rev. Musa Zondi, IFP Spokesperson said.
"We congratulate Mr Dlodlo on his
election as Speaker of the Abaqulisi Municipality. We also thank
each and every IFP Councillor for their resilience, which made
this election possible in spite of a highly provocative
situation", Zondi said.
Zondi pointed out that the election of the
Speaker happened in spite of a well laid out plan by the ANC and
some expelled IFP former Councillors to disrupt today's
"We suspect that one of their plans
was to fill up the Council Chamber and gallery with rowdy and
disruptive members of the public, who were allowed in as early
as 07h30 this morning by the Municipal Manager, Mr Bamba
Ndwandwe. We are happy that this plan was finally defeated and
crushed and the election went ahead without further hitches,
even though it finally took place about 3 hours later than the
appointed time," said Zondi.
"The election of the Speaker now
means that the process is out of the hands of the Municipal
Manager and it also means that the appointment of the
Administrator by Minister Mabuyakhulu will be kept at bay.
Councillors will also meet tomorrow at a specially convened
meeting to elect the Mayor, Deputy and members of the Executive
Committee" Zondi said.