The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), honourable Des van Rooyen, is calling for an incident-free campaigning and by-elections in Nquthu Local Municipality, Kwazulu Natal Province.
The decision of the Kwazulu Natal provincial government to dissolve the Nquthu Local Municipality, following a lengthy consultation with all stakeholders, is finally bearing positive fruits as by-elections are about to be held. This by-elections will surely return Nquthu Local Municipality to normalcy and the communities will benefit from a newly constituted administration.
â€œWe are encouraged by the progress made thus far to return Nquthu Local Municipality to normalcy. I believe that this process of electing a new administration in Nquthu is an important milestone that will contribute to moving not only the province, but the country forwardâ€, said Minister Des van Rooyen.
We are confident that the by-Elections scheduled for 24 May 2017 will definitely be free and fair. The Minister urged the various political parties to campaign in a responsible manner, encouraging peace and social cohesion. It is therefore important for parties to understand their responsibility and the important role they should be playing in strengthening South Africaâ€™s democracy by encouraging a peaceful elections.
The Minister indicated that it is only through the commitment of all stakeholders and role-players working together in Nquthu that we can have an effective, efficient and well-functioning Local Municipality that is able to deliver as expected to communities.
Peaceful elections are a key ingredient of our maturing democracy and we encourage all communitiesâ€™ to ensure that their voices are heard. â€œWe urge all registered voters in Nquthu Local Municipality to go out in their numbers to choose the leaders of their choice on 24 May 2017â€, concluded Minister van Rooyen.
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