uMngeni acting municipal manager has until Monday to reconvene council or face court action

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal has written to uMngeni acting municipal manager, Sandile Buthelezi, giving him until Monday 15 November 2021 to reconvene the inaugural council meeting.

Should Buthelezi fail to do so, the DA will approach the Pietermaritzburg High Court on an urgent basis to compel him to call the council meeting.

On Friday, the DA in KZN walked out of the proceedings where the party’s first municipality in the province was to be inaugurated.

DA KZN Chairperson Dean Macpherson said the suspended Municipal Manager, Thembeka Cibane, attempted to preside over the inauguration. “The DA raised various points of order relating to her as presiding officer as the entire process was therefore irregular. Consequently, the DA walked out of the proceedings – a step that was supported by the EFF.”

Macpherson further said they have also made it explicitly clear that the DA will seek a personal costs order against Buthelezi should they end in court.

“The DA will spare no expense or legal resource to ensure uMngeni Mayor-elect, Chris Pappas, Deputy Mayor-elect, Sandile Mnikathi, and Speaker-elect, Janis Holmes, are lawfully elected so that we can start to deliver services to the residents of the municipality.”

Macpherson said they hope Buthelezi will come to “his senses and put the interests of the residents of his municipality first over political trickery.”

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