The election of office bearers at the Nquthu Local Municipality had to be postponed again after the Economic Freedom Fighters went to court in a bid to prevent an expelled party member from taking her seat in the council.
According to a statement released by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) department on Tuesday, the EFF obtained a court order preventing the meeting from going ahead.
The EFF had expelled its proportional representative councillor and had wanted the councillor replaced. The councillor, however, obtained a court order against being removed.
“According to preliminary information received, today’s council meeting at Nquthu commenced at 10am but was adjourned due to an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) intra-party matter concerning a councillor who had been replaced by their political party,” the province’s Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube was quoted as saying.
“The councillor (Sne Ntshangase) who was being removed by her party (EFF), initially brought a court order confirming her as the legitimate councillor against her party’s wishes, today the EFF obtained a court order suspending all municipal meetings pending a court determination of disputes between the EFF.”
Comment could not be obtained from the EFF.
The EFF, the Democratic Alliance and the Inkatha Freedom Party hold a one seat majority over an alliance of the African National Congress and the National Freedom Party.
– African News Agency (ANA)