Mmusi Maimane, the Democratic Alliance leader took his campaign to KwaZulu-Natal. He arrived in Nquthu‚ northern KZN‚ on Wednesday to campaign for his party ahead of next week’s by-elections.
Maimane was welcomed with immediately resistance.
The DA leader went to pay homage to local traditional leader Fisukwazi Praisegod Hlatshwayo.
The leader surprisingly quizzed Maimane.
Nquthu Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Umzinyathi District of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It is the only council in the country that failed to elect a mayor and other leaders after the August local government elections‚ as two alliances – one led by the IFP and the other by the ANC – had a standoff on several occasions.
The council was disbanded‚ meaning that every seat is now up for grabs in next week’s vote.
At Ward 6 in Nondweni‚ Hlatshwayo welcomed the DA‚ but wanted to know what the party was doing for traditional leadership and what it would do if it were to be in government.
Maimane said the DA would follow the constitution of the country when it came to traditional leadership.
Hlatshwayo‚ however‚ was not convinced – forcing Maimane to try to win him over.
Maimane insisted that the DA recognises and supports amakhosi for the role they play in society‚ particularly in rural areas‚ but said accountability was vital because of the money received from government.
But Hlatshwayo shot back and asked why the DA has never contacted traditional leaders or said anything to them.
Maimane’s colleague‚ KZN leader Zwakele Mncwango‚ had to step in. He said the party was putting plans in place to more thoroughly engage chiefs.
All political parties are going flat-out to win the seemingly innocuous municipality.