ANC Looked Shamefaced As IFP Wins
The ruling African National Party left shamefaced again as the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) emerged winner of the just concluded Nquthu election in the embattled northern KwaZulu-Natal municipality.
Tuesday’s election at Nquthu Local Municipality turned out victorious as Siyabonga Mabilabila Kunene was named as mayor with Nothing Maria Zungu named as his deputy and Mbongeni Mnguni as speaker.
Days before the Nquthu election, the ANC vowed to deal with IFP from the opposition benches in Nquthu but on Tuesday, the party brought its head down in shame as the people of Nquthu Local Municipality elected IFP candidates unopposed.
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The Nquthu local municipality in the Umzinyathi District of KwaZulu-Natal is the only municipality in the country without a mayor. The local municipality also had no deputy mayor, speaker or any other elected office bearer since August.
This was so because the KwaZulu-Natal government dissolved the council in February after it failed to elect its leaders, including the mayor and speaker, following the August 3 local government elections.
For ten months, the local municipality had no political leader but during the by-election in May, the IFP won 14 out of the 17 wards fought to be controlled by fourteen parties.
This led to its victory against the ruling ANC, – its main opposition- in the Tuesday’s elections.
On Wednesday‚ inside the Nquthu council chambers‚ the IFP burst into song as their councillors were elected — including the chant “wathinta uShenge udakwe yini” (“you touch Shenge‚ what are you drunk on?”).
When Zungu was elected‚ the IFP also unleashed “aya lena nalena ayadidizela ayesaba amagwala” (“they are frantic‚ panicking and cowering away. The cowards are afraid”).
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Kunene thanked his party after the Nquthu election which made him victorious as mayor: “As elected officials, we are not bosses‚ but your servants and servants of the people.”
Mnguni also pledged to work with all councillors: “I’m no speaker for a particular party‚ but for all of you.”