KZN premier assaulted on stage by IFP councillors

Celani Sikhakhane

Humiliated, verbally abused, physically threatened.

KZN premier Sihle Zikalala was scheduled to address the IFP councillors at the inauguration of uMkhanyakude District Municipality councillors. But that didn’t happen.

Instead when he tried to address the inauguration, police had to intervene when some IFP councillors who didn’t want him to address them, rushed onto the podium. They looked as if they would strangle him with their bare hands.

The tense situation led to the manhandling of IFP councillor Killer Mkhwanazi who was trying to jump onto Zikalala and telling him to get out. 

“You are not going to address this council because you are not a councillor,” screamed Mkhwanazi.

“In what capacity do you want to address us? Please leave the podium because you will never address councillors here. Just leave!”

Police had to protect Zikalala and remove him to safety. 

The IFP was confident that they were going to win the embattled district that is marred by allegations of corruption and political instability.

The ANC managed to win the positions of Mayor, Deputy and Speaker. 

Solomon Mkhombo, who was removed by IFP and other ANC councillors through a vote of no confidence earlier this year, was on Monday elected as the speaker of uMkhanyakude. Mandla Ndlela was elected as the new mayor. 

After the election Zikalala ran to his blue light convoy and he left without waiting for lunch.

UMkhanyakude and Mtubatuba are the only two municipalities that are governed by the ANC in the far north of KZN. 

KZN council inaugurations including those held in Alfred Duma in Ladysmith, the UMhlathuze eThekwini and UMhlabuyalingana Local Municipalities, have been marred by violence.