By George Mari, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on COGTA:
The DA welcomes a decision by KZN COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube to place the embattled Indaka municipality under department’s administration for a third time, until after the 2016 elections when it will merge with the eMnambithi Local Municipality in terms of a decision by the Demarcation Board.
The move follows a report during a KZN COGTA portfolio meeting held yesterday of ongoing serious transgressions since the department withdrew from its administration role within the municipality just four months ago.
According to the report, the situation is so bad that the Speaker, the Chief Financial Officer and seven councillors have approached the MEC requesting a SAPS threat and risk analysis and interim security as they fear for their lives following the murder of the municipal manager.
They have further stated that they are unable to attend meetings or conduct their duties as a result of current circumstances.
The following transgressions were included in yesterday’s report;
– The municipal council taking decisions contrary to the law and refusing or rejecting advice, forcing the MEC to resort to the Courts to ensure compliance
– The municipal council’s actions or lack thereof having adversely affected the legally prescribed process in preparation for a merger with eMnambithi
– The municipal council’s failure to follow legally prescribed procedure when dealing with disciplinary matters relating to the conduct of senior managers
– The municipal council’s failure and deliberate disregard for the law as well as advice from KZN’s COGTA department regarding the appointment of the Acting Municipal Manager who did not meet the legally prescribed requirements
– The refusal of the municipal council to recognize the reinstatement of the Municipal Manager by the SALGBC leading to confrontation and even death threats
– The Municipal Exco’s failure to hold a properly constituted meeting since April 2015
Indaka municipality has shown time and again that it cannot run its own affairs.
It has already been placed under provincial administration twice before. The first time was from November 2009 to December 2013.
This council is supposed to be serving the best interests of the community of Indaka.
Come 2016, the people of Indaka must reconsider their vote.
If they continue to vote the same way very little will change.