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Sowetan: ANC councillor faces disciplinary hearing

ANC councillor faces disciplinary hearing

Hlengiwe Nhlabathi

AN ANC councillor in KwaZulu-Natal, who pleaded guilty to assaulting a critic, is due to be dragged before the party’s disciplinary hearing for ill-conduct.

Sowetan has learnt that the ANC’s provincial leadership has given the Umlazi branch permission to take disciplinary action against Ward 88 councillor Nomzamo Mkhize.

The ANC’s Umlazi branch executive committee sat yesterday to clear the party’s name against a rising perception that it had become a party that “undermined and frustrated” residents.

A source said there had been many complaints against Mkhize.

The final straw was the assault on Thabile Ngcobo, who was walking from a community meeting last Monday after residents had reiterated their call that Mkhize be removed for service delivery related failures.

Mkhize had initially denied any involvement in the assault, claiming she was being wrongly accused.

According to Ngcobo, Mkhize accosted her and questioned her about her attending the “stupid” meeting before she was slapped and kicked and had her T-shirt torn with a knife.

A criminal case of assault was opened and Mkhize was arrested the following day. But the matter was settled out of court.

In a meeting mediated by a social worker, Mkhize promised to pay R1500 within seven days as compensation for her wrongdoing.

Umlazi’s ANC branch secretary Sakhile Ngcobo would not to comment on the disciplinary proceedings, but said Mkhize’s assault on Ngcobo had “embarrassed” the party.

The ANC has been attempting to mend rifts between between Mkhize and Zakheleni residents.

A meeting held recently with lobby group Abahlali BaseMjondolo was derailed when Mkhize walked out, with Abahlali claiming that they had felt undermined by the party’s members.

Ngcobo said the party had managed to secure the presence of the eThekwini municipality chairman of the human settlements committee, Nigel Gumede, for a meeting to be held today.

News 24: Lizoqondiswa izigwegwe ikhansela ngelokushaya

Lizoqondiswa izigwegwe ikhansela ngelokushaya

ohannesburg – Ikhansela le-African National Congress KwaZulu-Natal elavuma icala lokushaya umuntu owayeligxeka, lizovela ngaphambi kwekomidi lokuqondiswa izigwegwe, kubika iSowetan.

Ubuholi esifundazweni bunikeze igatsha eliseMlazi amagunya okushushisa ikhansela laku-Ward 88, uNomzamo Mkhize.

Igatsha leli lizihlangulile ekuziphatheni kwekhansela, imibiko ithi sekukaningi kungena izinkonondo ngokuziphatha kukaMkhize.

Kuthiwa uMkhize wathusa abantu ngesikhathi eshaya uThabile Ngcobo, owabe esemhlanganweni womphakathi, owabe uvumelana ngokuthi uMkhize akhishwe esikhundleni.

UMkhize wawushiya phakathi umhlangano, lokoh kwathukuthelisa abagqugquzeli bomhlangano, okuyinhlangano Abahlali BaseMjondolo, abakhala ngokuthi uMkhize ubabukea phansi ngokushiya kwakhe umhlangano ungakapheli.

Ekuqaleni ikhansela labe liliphika icala.

FXI Condemns scare tactics aimed at surpressing people’s right to protest

FXI Condemns scare tactics aimed at surpressing people’s right to protest


17 JULY 2012


The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) is deeply concerned about the alleged assault on freedom of expression by Umlazi Councillor, Nomzamo Mkhize.
According to reports received by the FXI, Ms Mkhize along with a group of her supporters allegedly assaulted and intimidated a member of the local community, Ms Thabile Ngcobo, on July 15 as Ms Ngcobo was returning from a local community meeting.

Ms Ngcobo was allegedly slapped and kicked while being questioned on why she had attended the meeting. He assailants then also took a blade and cut off a T-shirt she was wearing that was promoting FAMWU (the Farm Workers Union).

While Ms Ngcobo has opened up a case of intimidation and assault, no arrests have been made so far.

The FXI regards these actions as a serious assault on Umlazi residents’ right to demonstrate and protest around the grievances in their community. The alleged actions by the councillor and a few of her supporters were clearly meant to scare some residents away from any protest actions or attempts to discuss relevant grievances in that community.

The FXI calls on the police in Umlazi to pursue the case opened by Ms Ngcobo as a matter of urgency and effect the necessary arrests so that any illegal acts of intimidation and assault may cease immediately.

The FXI further endorses a call on the MEC for Community Safety to urgently intervene in this matter so as to ensure speedy and impartial police action in this case.


Assault & Intimidation of Action by Umlazi Councillor

16 July 2012
Combined UPM & AbM Press Statement


Yesterday at around 14:00 pm there was a mass gathering of the continuous occupation that is happening in the People's Office that has been set up next to the Councillor's Office, in Ward 88, Umlazi.

A report was given on how the struggle of Umlazi started and how it got the attention of the Branch Executive Committee (BEC) which had come with lot of promises like getting what the community have demanded from them which was a meeting with Nigel Gumede, the Chairperson of the Housing Portfolio Committee and Infrastructure also Willies Mchunu, the MEC of Safety and Community. The meeting of delivering by the BEC sat on Wednesday (04th of July) unfortunately they delivered nothing that was expected and which they had promised. Neither Gumede or Mchunu attended the meeting and the BEC offered nothing but sweet talk.

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