IFP considers precautionary suspension of Speaker following nepotism comments

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) says it has noted a video and the widespread outrage from the public and political parties alike, following comments made by IFP Councillor and Speaker of Abaqulusi Municipality, Cllr MB Khumalo, at a funeral.

Khumalo was addressing mourners at the funeral of the party councillor, Phaphama Mbatha, at the weekend.

In a 30-second video, Khumalo is heard telling mourners in a marquee that he had instructed the municipal manager that Mbatha’s family must bring one of the dead councillor’s children to be given work at the municipality. If there was no vacancy, the manager would have to fire an ANC-aligned worker to make way for the child of the councillor who had died.

IFP KZN Provincial Chairperson Thami Ntuli said as the leadership of the IFP, they share the concerns that have been raised and they view these allegations in a very serious light.

“It is against this background that we have therefore instituted a process that might result in the possible precautionary suspension of Cllr Khumalo, pending the finalisation of an internal enquiry. We will report back to the public once the internal enquiry has been completed and will not hesitate to take decisive action, if deemed necessary”.

Ntuli added that the IFP will continue to work tirelessly to rebuild municipalities that have been run into the ground through mismanagement and unethical leadership. “In order to honour this pledge, we will leave no stone unturned to root out corruption and nepotism, wherever it may manifest”.

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