Emalahleni Mayor And MM Must Resign Over Sewage Spill

James Masango MPL

Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition.

Emalahleni mayor Cllr Salome Sithole, members of her executive, and the municipal manager (MM), Mr George Mthimunye must shoulder the responsibility of raw sewage flowing into the Witbank Dam, and resign with immediate effect.

Mayor Sithole’s disastrous admission on radio yesterday that she had been lied to over the state of the Naauwpoort sewage works by municipal officials, clearly shows how out of touch the executive is with the day-today-administration of the municipality.

The DA is not really surprised by the mayor’s admissions, as the mayoral committee dealing with infrastructure and technical services is completely dysfunctional. It hardly ever convenes, and when it does, there is no quorum, and if there is, no reports dealing with projects, their implementation or maintenance schedules are ever tabled or discussed.

This is also the second occasion that the controversial Mr Mthimunye has failed in the execution of his duties as MM. Why is it that the section heads did not inform him of the problems experienced at Naauwpoort, and why was the mayor not informed of the looming health disaster of the sewage spill?

Both the mayor and the MM have to face facts and admit that they are not able to bring crucial services to this municipality, and resign. Furthermore, the failure of the mayoral committee to convene monthly meetings can directly be attributed to the lack of effective political leadership of its MMC, Ms Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, who should join the mayor and the MM and resign.

The DA recently started circulating a petition calling for the resignation of both the mayor and the municipal manager over service delivery failures, and the thousands of signatures obtained so far clearly shows residents’ dissatisfaction with the current ANC-dominated administration. That, coupled with the fact that they have completely failed in their mandate, should be reason enough for them to do so.

The ANC has dismally failed to provide even the most basic of services to the people of eMalahleni, and that political cronyism and “jobs for pals” are no substitute for competence. The administration of local government requires skilled and competent individuals who hold the interests of the communities over and above their own political survival.

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