The IFP maintains that the dissolution of
the Abaqulusi Municipality by the MEC for Local Government, Mike
Mabuyakhulu, needs to be seen in the context of the upcoming
local government elections.
"The dissolution of the Abaqulusi
Council was a politically motivated ploy to usurp the control of
this municipality from the IFP - without putting the matter to
the electorate," said IFP Deputy Chief Whip in the
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliament, Geoffrey Bhengu MPP.
Mabuyakhulu invoked his constitutional
right and dissolved the council on the basis of vague
allegations concerning the municipal budget, electing of the
council's officials, a number of "delinquent"
councilors, and their "absenteeism".
Bhengu also said:
"The Abaqulusi Council was running
smoothly. The budget was passed in time and in compliance with
the law. There was never a case of multiple officials. All
disciplinary matters were resolved internally to the
satisfaction of the council. There was no reason for ministerial
"The council's only sin was that it
was run by the IFP. The step which truly destabilised it was the
dissolution of the council by the Minister who did so in a
politically motivated effort to deliver the municipality to the
ANC fold - without giving the local people a say in an election.
"Mabuyakhulu's interpretation of the
Constitution has been as extraordinary as it has been
inconsistent. The Minister referred to the Constitution only
insofar as it supported his and his party's claims.
"These clearly extend to three other
IFP-controlled municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal. The warning shot
has been fired for Uthukela District Municipality, Umvoti
District Municipality and Nongoma Municipality. Mabuyakhulu is
determined to get them all.
"If the Minister genuinely believes
that the Constitution provides the answer to the problem of
dysfunctional municipalities, why doesn't he intervene in a
truly chaotic municipality, such as Kokstad? There is no need.
Kokstad already is under the ANC control."
For further information contact:
Geoffrey Bhengu: 084 555 3513