Sizwe Mchunu, MPP
Leader of the Democratic Alliance in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature
The Democratic Alliance calls on the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal to establish a clear line between state and party interests following reports that all municipal district managers, including those from the eThekwini metro, have been called away from their desks to attend a three-day party lekgotla in Durban.
The move is further evidence that the ANC is unable to differentiate between party and state and that the appointment of senior staff within municipalities forms part of the ANC’s cadre deployment strategy.
Quite clearly the ANC needs to be reminded that it does not pay the salaries of municipal managers and that it is not the authority to which municipal staff is accountable. Rather, it is the province’s ratepayers and councillors to whom they must answer.
That all senior staff have summoned to attend a three day jamboree is unacceptable. Many of KwaZulu-Natal’s municipalities are in crisis, with the recent Auditor-General’s report revealing only one clean audit in the entire province.
Given these circumstances, it is difficult to comprehend how the ANC leadership within the province can encourage or condone the absence of senior staff from work.