The African National Congress (ANC) has vowed that it will not be bullied by a faction that demands the installation of another mayoral hopeful who did not pass the mayoral interview for the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality in Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal.
This follows the disruption of the election of the executive committee in two attempts allegedly by the ANC’s warring factions after the election of the Speaker. The municipality has failed to elect an executive due to alleged infighting.
The ANC’s Provincial Secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli says this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated by the party.
“We’re going into peak season, we don’t have an executive committee elected and the executive committee usually becomes the recess committee. So when there are urgent matters that usually come during the recess period, we sit and we take issues up. The mayor and deputy mayor are positions where the public can go to if they feel they don’t get service delivery properly from the various departments of the municipality,” says Ntuli.
Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance (DA) caucus leader in the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, Douglas Rowlands says being without a council will affect service delivery.