Crash: metro re­sources abused

The Herald (South Africa) - - YOUR VIEWS -

THE United Front is of the view that the ac­ci­dent that in­volved the se­cu­rity guard of mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee Nqaba Bhanga and which left two pas­sen­gers dead in­volved a fla­grant abuse of mu­nic­i­pal re­sources.

If the re­port in The Her­ald of Oc­to­ber 27 is true (“Bhanga’s driver in crash rid­dle”), that Bhanga in­structed the se­cu­rity guard to use the mu­nic­i­pal ve­hi­cle to fetch his girl­friend at the Nel­son Man­dela Uni­ver­sity cam­pus, Bhanga’s be­hav­iour is against Chap­ter 12 of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment: Mu­nic­i­pal Sys­tems Act 32 of 2000 and Sched­ule 1, Sec­tion 6 of the code of con­duct for coun­cil­lors.

This stip­u­lates that coun­cil­lors are pro­hib­ited from us­ing their po­si­tions for per­sonal gain or to im­prop­erly ben­e­fit an­other per­son.

The use of a mu­nic­i­pal ve­hi­cle and the mu­nic­i­pal se­cu­rity guard in this spe­cific case, on the in­struc­tion of Bhanga, is a clear vi­o­la­tion of the code of con­duct for coun­cil­lors.

This flies in the face of DA claims of an anti-cor­rup­tion stance and clean gov­er­nance it promised the vot­ers of the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The worst part in the case is the fact that two in­no­cent lives were lost and the body­guard is fight­ing for his life in hos­pi­tal.

The sur­pris­ing as­pect of this tragic ac­ci­dent is the per­func­tory man­ner in which both the ad­min­is­tra­tors and the politi­cians from the DA-led coali­tion were non­com­mit­tal in com­ment­ing on the mat­ter.

The UF is of the view that it is im­pos­si­ble that an ac­ci­dent of this mag­ni­tude can hap­pen without the mayor be­ing in­formed of it, see­ing that it was linked to one of his se­nior of­fi­cials in the party and in the may­oral com­mit­tee.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity must promptly in­ves­ti­gate this un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent and si­mul­ta­ne­ously the law should take its course.

Lastly, our hearts and con­do­lences go to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims who have lost their lives through this tragic ac­ci­dent.

Coun­cil­lor Mkhuseli Mt­sila (UF), Zwide, Port El­iz­a­beth

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