South Africa’s official opposition party – DA, says the ruling party of the country is plotting new elections in Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal and Gamagara in the Northern Cape.
According to the DA, the actions of ANC council members in the two municipalities could result in fresh elections being called for all Councillors in these municipalities.
That DA said, is in line with the stipulations of Section 139(1)(c) of the Constitution.
Deliberately not showing up for council is a display of petulant conduct by the ANC. It is a deliberate ANC sabotage to force new elections, stated the opposition party.
With the above, Maimane’s party warned that the irresponsible behavior by the council members, is detrimental to service delivery. And, will have an impact far beyond the two local municipalities.
The Jozini municipality “is split equally between the ANC on the one hand and the DA, EFF and IFP on the other, with both sides having 20 seats each.
After the swearing-in of the Councillors at the inaugural council meeting, the next item on the agenda was the election of the Mayor and Speaker.
The ANC requested a 10-minute caucus, and have not returned to the council chamber since, despite two new meetings having been called.
This has resulted in the council being inquorate, and unable to proceed,” DA related.
DA further narrated that ANC have an outright majority of council seats (ANC 7; DA 5; EFF 1) in Gamagara. But, are unable to agree on who their preferred candidates are.
“Again, ANC members are refusing to attend council meetings, and again, the meetings are left inquorate. As a result, the Member of the Executive Committee in the Northern Cape is considering dissolving the council and calling for new elections.
(Also), the district municipalities of which Jozini and Gamagara… are unable to convene their inaugural council meetings, because the local municipalities have not elected their delegates to the districts,” highlighted the DA
Based on the above, the party demanded of the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MECs in KZN and the Northern Cape to immediately issue a directive for fresh council meetings to be called.
If the ANC Councillors fail to attend again, DA charged for the immediate removal of the Councillors who have missed three or more meetings in terms of the Code of Conduct for Councillors.
“We believe that the dissolution of councils and the setting up of new elections would be unjustified when the matter can be dealt with on a specific basis against those Councillors, who are deliberately thwarting the establishment of these councils.
We will not allow South Africa’s municipalities to be hijacked for petty political interests by the ANC or any other party,” the party vowed.