Fraudulently elected ANC advisers to be dismissed after local elections, says Dlamini Zuma


Durban – Major political parties launched on Thursday in a final push to win the hearts and minds of the electorate for Monday’s local elections, with rallies held in various parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

While the ANC hosted its Siyanqoba rally in Umlazi, the IFP welcomed its supporters at Ulundi stadium, now called Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi regional stadium. DA chief John Steenhuisen addressed the DA’s last gathering in Joburg in Eldorado Park.

At the ANC rally, the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) member Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma vowed to remove fraudulently elected councilors after the elections. There are fears within the ruling party that some disgruntled members will not vote for him on Monday, when the country heads to the polls, if their candidates are unfairly ousted.

Although she said they would remove the councilors, she stressed that the majority of the candidate councilors the party was putting forward were properly nominated to run.

“If after the election we find out that their nomination was shady, we will correct it. However, we know that in most of the neighborhoods (the nominations) went well, but if that was not the case, as ANC we promise that will be rectified.

“The ANC also asked all new councilors to take an oath on a code of conduct and assure communities that they will work with them with provincial and national governments,” she said.

In 2011, Dlamini Zuma was commissioned by the ANC to investigate allegations that certain eThekwini advisers, such as former mayor Zandile Gumede, were fraudulently elected. In her report, she recommended that the ANC recall these advisers and organize by-elections.

Later, while addressing the media after the rally, Dlamini Zuma said this time around, the impeachment of fraudulently elected councilors would occur because there was an ANC NEC resolution authorizing the measure. corrective.

Speaking at the same rally, Bheki Ntuli, a member of eThekwini’s regional task force, raised his eyebrows when he said ANC volunteers should be given priority when there are opportunities to employment in the municipality of eThekwini.

He was quick to qualify that by saying that they would get the jobs because they knew they were qualified for them.

The rally flouted almost all key Covid-19 regulations, with the main violation being overcrowding inside the stadium.

“Comrades, please keep your masks on. Forward with the wearing of masks, forward, ”said Nzuza from the podium.

Speaking to supporters of the IFP, Party President Emeritus and Founder Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi denounced the latest wave of political assassinations in the province, saying those who are corrupt and underhanded see the possibility of enrich in advising positions.

Buthelezi’s concerns over the political killings come as at least seven people have been murdered in what Police Minister Bheki Cele last week called politically motivated killings in KwaZulu-Natal in recent weeks.

“Another serious problem that has emerged in this campaign, as in all previous campaigns, is the problem of political assassinations,” Buthelezi said.

“Three years ago, the Moerane Commission of Inquiry into the Politically Motivated Killings in KwaZulu-Natal revealed the trend towards violence within the party; that is, violence within a political party aimed at obtaining positions, income and the possibility of influencing tenders. “

He said that books like War party had increasingly shone the spotlight on the ruling party’s internal political warfare and that it was this same internal political war that devastated KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July, when the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma has sparked coordinated efforts to bring the country to its knees.

“Over the past month, several candidate advisers have been assassinated while many others have gone into hiding under threat of their lives. Why would the life of a counselor be in danger? Not because they serve the needs of the community, but because those who are corrupt and devious see advising positions as a chance to get rich, ”said Buthelezi.

Steenhuisen and the party candidate for mayor of Joburg, Dr Mpho Phalatse, have pledged to show Eskom the door if the DA takes control of Joburg after the November 1 elections, following the company’s decision. electricity to place the country in phase 4 of load shedding.

They said independent power producers and City Power are next to provide electricity to the entire city of Johannesburg if they govern.

Steenhuisen insisted that the Stage 4 load shedding was due to corruption: “When you appoint corrupt and unnecessary executives, you get blackouts at Eskom, you get layoffs, you get water loss. When you appoint good people, you get things done. If the DA has the most seats, we will rule.

“Over the five years of DA-led government, you can expect to see and experience constant improvements in service delivery as we implement our winning formula of appointing people based on merit and to spend public money on the public.

“We are going to cancel corrupt contracts, stabilize finances, lay the foundations and put this metro back in place. Our winning formula works and it shows in the municipal rankings.

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