Two more Wards for Msunduzi

Pietermaritzburg City Hall
The Pietermaritzburg City Hall

Msunduzi Municipality is set to have two more wards by next year’s local government elections. This after a special council sitting on Monday approved the report tabled by Municipal Manager Mxolisi Nkosi for the municipality to have more wards.

This follows a submission by the Municipal Demarcation Board for more wards to be created within Msunduzi Municipality. Under the approved proposal a new ward will be created in Vulindlela and another one from parts of Northdale and Ashburton.

Democratic Alliance and Inkatha Freedom Party councillors objected to the tabled report but were outvoted by the ANC at the sitting. During the sitting the IFP requested a caucus saying they wanted to discuss the report which they contended was different to the one initially presented to council at the beginning of the year.

Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela accused the IFP leader Dolo Zondi of indecision. DA councillor Rodger Ashe said the part did not support the proposal because they had not seen it before. “We therefore were unable to study fully the implications of the new boundaries of the
proposed 39 Wards in the time available. Two of these Wards are new and made up from sections of other wards, causing a ripple effect to many of the other wards,” said Ashe.

Council Speaker Babu Baijoo said while council would submit the report tabled by Nkosi, there was still time for objections and proposals from interested parties including political parties.

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