George Mari, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA)
THE Democratic Alliance welcomes KZN COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube’s decision to place Mtubatuba under provincial administration after political infighting between the ANC and NFP led to a complete breakdown of services within the municipality.
Infighting within hung KZN municipalities appears to be on the increase at the expense of service delivery. Recently within uMtshezi problems escalated to the point where the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Speaker were ousted – a case which ended up in court. Given this shocking example of leadership and the fact that senior municipal officials were clearly not focused on the job at hand, it should come as little surprise that services have also been severely affected within this municipality.
Yesterday, during a sitting of the provincial legislature, the KZN Finance MEC reported on the massive under-spending within the Operational and Capital budgets in the province’s municipalities. This has also severely impacted service levels.
The DA expects the findings and recommendations of the forensic investigation into Mtubatuba – to be implemented by the administrator – and which includes an investigation into the sale of prime municipal property in St Lucia for R4.5 million – to be made available once complete. It is imperative that municipal officials implicated of wrongdoing are brought to book.
The MEC has the full support of the DA in taking a hard line against any municipality that fails to perform. It simply must not be tolerated.