IFP To Seek Legal Opinion Into the Delay in Appointing
the IFP onto eThekwini's Municipal Exco

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," concluded Gwala.



Issued by:

Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP National Chairperson, 078 290 5842


For Media Queries:

Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675