Sit-in staged at Kokstad municipal office

Durban - People in EFF attire staged a sit-in at the offices of the Kokstad Greater Municipality's municipal manager on Monday.

Municipality spokesperson Sabelo Ncwane said a group of people occupied the offices between 09:00 and noon.

"They had sent a memorandum alleging financial irregularities. The municipality was still applying its mind when they invaded," he said.

Answers were being demanded by the protesters.

Ncwane said police and the municipality's traffic department were called, but despite heated tempers no one was injured or arrested.

Lennox Mabaso, spokesperson for the province's department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta), said municipal staff and management had been ordered from their offices.

However, Ncwane said no one was removed from their offices.

Mabaso's statement quoted the province's Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube as saying: "The EFF's actions at Kokstad municipality do not seek to put things right. It is a calculated move to cause further instability.

"The EFF's so-called demands bring nothing new to the table. The actions of the EFF at Kokstad, are not an isolated incident judging by this political party's conduct in Parliament but part of a well-orchestrated campaign to render public institutions ungovernable."

EFF KwaZulu-Natal convener Vusi Khoza said he was not aware of any incident involving EFF members in Kokstad, but would first have to make inquiries before commenting further.