29 November 2013
The IFP councillors staged a walk out of
Nongoma Municipality council sitting on 25 November 2013.
The reason for the walkout was the continued abuse of
council by the NFP leadership including the Manager and Senior
Managers of the Municipality, who are acting in a biased manner
favouring only the National Freedom Party.
The Municipal Manager decided on his own
accord, without any reasonable explanation to the council, to
change the date of the Full council meeting which had been
scheduled and resolved in the Municipalityís Calendar to be the
28th November 2013, and he changed it to 25th November 2013
without consulting anybody, even the Whippery. This clearly
proves that the Municipality belongs to the NFP alone and the
MM. In the notices there was no formal apology and / or
Then again in the same agenda, we were to deal
with the financial crisis which the CFO, Mr Mthembu, clearly
explained as a Municipal crisis which affected even the whole
operation of the Municipality. The CFO had recommended that the
municipality go for an overdraft to cover the salary bill for
November, as we had only R236 000. The Mayor called a Finance
portfolio committee meeting and councillors went to the
portfolio committee. The Mayor Hon BJ Mavundla was nowhere to be
found. The Finance portfolio did not sit to discuss the
financial crisis as per Finance Portfolio Agenda.
A motion of No Confidence to the Mayor and
another one of No Confidence to the Speaker was also handed over
to the Municipality. This was inline with our Standing Rules
(22) that the motion must be put 7 clear days prior to the
sitting of council. On receipt of the Motion the Municipal
Manager Mr Ntanzi immediately rescheduled the meeting of the
council to sit on 25th November 2013 so that the motion will not
be discussed in this calendar year. This then deprived the IFP
of an opportunity to raise its concerns with the way the Mayor
and the Speaker are running the municipality, which is run as a
charity arm of the NFP.
Early this year the Hon Mayor JB Mavundla
encouraged all the councillors to go out and identify community
organisations who need to be supported by the Municipality
through its LED projects. All councillors were given forms to do
this beautiful task. Little did councillors of other parties
know that the NFP needed them to do this identification on
behalf of the NFP not of the Nongoma Municipality. After these
projects were identified the municipality was going to procure
whatever the community needed and the councillor would be able
to deliver that. The manager committed himself to this project
and was going to have a committee which will evaluate these
projects and give feedback to all stakeholders.
The reason for the walkout is that the NFP
leadership is now going to all the wards with these projects
even in areas that were identified by IFP councillors.
They are excluding even IFP ward councillors when they deliver
The Mayor never even informs the Exco
councillors of these project deliveries. They are known only to
NFP EXCO and NFP shadow councillors and leadership. The manager
had on the agenda an item requiring R150 000 for an end of the
year party for both councillors and staff. The IFP raised a
query that how can we go and rejoice and have a party when as a
municipality we donít have money according to the CFO, and
secondly we have not as a municipality delivered on LED
The response from the Mayor was that we as the
IFP are not aware that the projects have already been delivered
to the community and some are still being delivered as he spoke.
He then said councillors can go to the LED dept to request a
schedule of the dates of these projects. This angered the
councillors as the municipal manager had deviated from his own
protocols of this project.
As the NFP wanted the party to go on seeing
that they had been able to deliver these projects and the ANC
also objected to the closing year party. These were put to vote
to check who is for the party and who is against. Again the HOD
for Community services Mr Barnes did count and counted in a
biased manner and said there was a tie giving the Speaker an
opportunity to have a casting vote. Other councillors did the
count and found that the people opposed to the waste of money
are more than the NFP then it was clear the management of the
municipality is not prepared to work in an unbiased manner. They
want the NFP to win at all costs regardless of who gets hurt in
the process. That being the status quo coupled with all
the above it was clear that the IFP was only needed in
the municipality to rubber stamp the NFP wishes.
This is the second time we have put a motion
in the municipality and the Speaker, Mayor and the Municipal
Manager have colluded in making sure the Motion does not get
delivered. We have even written to the MEC Dube, MEC Ina Cronje
and even to the Public Protector but as the IFP we have been
given a cold shoulder.
The municipality has been run to the ground.
The employment of NFP leadership and activists has been so bad
that even the basic requirements of any position are changed to
suit the NFP cadres. These cadres have been employed even though
the salary budget has been overspent by over R1.5M but even as I
write now the municipality still has more positions on advert,
shortlisting and they are even now requesting for some positions
to be made in the organogram. It looks as if as soon as
anybody approaches them they will open the position and use
their marriage to the ANC to approve anything they want to do.
Councillors cannot be party to the Supply
Chain Management system yet the manager misleads councillors and
wants them to take part in Supply management issues. He had on
the agenda an item about terminating the services of a security
company and re-contracting them. He wanted the blessing of the
councillors to do that. In EXCO the IFP made its stance known
that we cannot be party to the Supply Chain Management issues of
hiring and firing contractors. The MM must himself ensure that
the municipality abides by all laws as he knows them. Eventually
through being misled by the MM the NFP councillors voted in
favour of the termination and rehiring of the company on a month
to month basis (clearly violating supply chain management) and
the ANC wanted documents to see what is happening. The IFP
abstained from voting in this item.
These were the reasons for our Walkout in the
Nongoma Municipal council held on 25th November 2013.
Rev. Sithembiso Mataba
District Secretary for IFP Zululand.