Endumeni Council suffers another walk-out as Speaker gives ANC a tongue-lashing

Mayor Mbatha.

The Endumeni Council again failed to sit this morning after the ANC councillors walked out.  This is the third time in a month that the Council meeting did not get off the ground.

The ANC Councillors did not support the adoption of the Endumeni Integrated Development Plan, IDP, which is critical to the running of the municipality.  ANC Councillor Mdluli said at the beginning of the meeting that the party still wants the motions they had submitted some months  (including the one calling for a vote of no confidence in Mayor Mbatha)  to be tabled for discussion.

However, the agenda did not have the motions as ‘number one’ on the list.  Speaker Mbatha-Makhathini ruled that the meeting must stick to the agenda and the time to discuss motions will come.

It was said that the Municipal Public Accounts Committee’s, MPAC, report into alleged corruption was on the agenda but was not discussed.  MPAC chairman, Councillor Nathi Khanyile, EFF, said matters in the report were ‘crucial’. But the nitty-gritties of the report were not revealed.

 

The ANC said they would not support the adoption of the IDP and they wanted this formally recorded.

The ANC Councillors then walked out leaving the Council again without a quorum.  During a press conference, Mayor Mbatha said the Provincial Treasury was satisfied with the Council’s budget regarding the R90-million that was unfunded on the 2017/18 budget.

Regarding the ANC walk-out, Mayor Mbatha said the ANC had already made it their policy to make the Council ungovernable and dysfunctional.  Mayor Mbatha added that the ANC had the support of the MEC for COGTA and they did not fear expulsion.

When asked by the Courier whether the IDP had been adopted following the walk-out, he said the item had been adopted before the five ANC Councillors present walked out.

Asked to comment, the ANC’s Councillor Mdluli told the Courier that the item was not adopted and that he will be writing a formal letter to have the proceedings withdrawn.  He mentioned that the Speaker never gives the Council ‘space to discuss their motions’ as she knew should a vote be called for, the co-governance alliance would be voted out.  He also said he was ‘worried that a TV station hired to cover Council events (such as today’s meetings) was paid over R200 000 an event’.  “How much did they charge this time?,” he asked.

More on Endumeni drama:

Chaos envelopes Endumeni Council Chamber

Endumeni Council again fails to hold a meeting

Endumeni Council makes surprise Biyela decision by bringing back 

 

 

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Siphiwe Ngwenya and Fathima Zubane

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