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Yet another KZN council inauguration shut down due to violence

Yet another KZN council inauguration shut down due to violence

Infighting between ANC mayoral candidates at Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality in Port Shepstone has led to the collapse of the council inauguration.

Violent scenes broke out when angry ANC members stormed the meeting venue where the council was being held last Friday.

Two factions within the ruling party were gunning for different candidates for the mayoral position: Zero Khumalo and Sbu Shange.

The collapse of this municipal council meeting had a ripple effect, delaying the inauguration of the wider Ugu District which Ray Nkonyeni falls under.

“There are two factions in the ANC that are fighting over mayoral positions. The situation is very serious and that is why people decided to storm the venue where the council was held,” said one source who did not wish to be named.

“They were fighting and shouting the names of their preferred candidate. This thing is serious because to this day we have no councillors to report any community issues to,” they continued.

Ray Nkonyeni speaker Zodwa Mzindle said that the meeting was expected to determine the executive committee councillors, and elect the mayor and the deputy mayor. 

“Thirty-seven ANC councillors, who were having a caucus in preparation for the council meeting, were prevented by the protesters from exiting the council chambers to join the meeting at the Port Shepstone Civic Hall,” explained Mzindle.

The disruption has delayed the election of an executive committee and fully fledged office bearers.

Mzindle, who was among the 37 ANC councillors, hopes that this calamity will be resolved soon.

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