28th August 2014.
The IFP will seek legal opinion into the
prolonged delay in the appointment of an IFP representative onto
the eThekwini's Executive Committee (EXCO), which became due
after the by-election on the 2nd July 2014 and has not been
filled to date.
"We are very disappointed by these delays as
it is now evident that these are delay tactics on the part of
the ANC-led eThekwini Municipality. Are they are afraid of
having an IFP councillor in the Exco, as we are vigilant in
exposing and addressing corruption and maladministration? The
time has come for the eThekwini Municipality to stop dilly-dallying and implement regulations. We demand our seat in the Exco and this is non-negotiable. Rules are rules and they must be respected and
followed," said IFP National Chairperson, Mr Blessed Gwala.
"The ANC has once again shown a total
disregard for the rule of law and disrespect for our legal and
democratic systems. eThekwini ratepayers have waited patiently
for too long for us to take up our position. They know that we
played a great role in ensuring that the Manase Report was
released. We will not allow a situation where the municipality
tries to hold us to ransom. They must know that once the IFP
resumes its position we will hold them accountable for all their
actions. We will do all it takes to ensure that the rights of
voters are upheld. The IFP will be monitoring the situation and
it will ensure that any corruption is dealt with legally," continued Gwala
"We call on the Speaker, Logie Naidoo to
urgently instruct the Minority Front councillor, Patrick Pillay
to vacate his position and pay back any benefits he received
because he no longer has a mandate to be on the committee.
Failure to do so on the part of the Speaker will see him
being held accountable because he knows what regulations are,"
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP National
Chairperson, 078 290 5842
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