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kznlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has ordered the Nongoma local municipality to immediately stop the payment of a salary to an IFP councillor who is serving a six-year jail term for stock theft.  

Zamani Sibiya, a Ward 20 councillor in Nongoma, started serving his jail term on 4 May this year, but he has continued to receive his salary.  Also, the municipality has not declared a vacancy so that fresh by-elections can be held to fill his seat.  Sibiya was arrested in Volksrust late last year with several other people, all of whom were caught with stolen cows in their possession.  Mawethu Mosery, KwaZulu-Natal head of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said they were not aware of this case.  

The MEC’s spokesperson said they only became aware of the matter a few days ago when it was aired in public.  He commented that according to the information at their disposal, the councillor had appealed his conviction and sentence.  Nonetheless, the MEC has since written to the speaker of Nongoma local municipality ordering a full report on this case with immediate effect.  After receiving the report, the MEC will determine the next course of action.

  • Read this report by Chris Makhaye & Nce Mkhize in full at BusinessLive

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