Cogta re­stores or­der at law­less mu­nic­i­pal­ity

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - NEWS - SIHLE MAVUSO sih­lem@the­newage.co.za

THE provin­cial depart­ment of co­op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs (Cogta) has fi­nally acted to re­store or­der at the law­less Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity in south­ern KwaZulu-Natal.

MEC No­musa Dube-Ncube yes­ter­day said the provin­cial cabi­net had re­solved to place the mu­nic­i­pal­ity un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­sure that peo­ple got the ser­vice due to them.

Out­lin­ing why the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had been placed un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion, Dube-Ncube told a spe­cial coun­cil sit­ting in Creighton, that the coun­cil had failed to ap­point two se­nior and cru­cial of­fi­cials such as the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager and the di­rec­tor for tech­ni­cal ser­vices.

The con­tract of the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager, Nkosiyezwe Vezi, ex­pired in Jan­uary and be­cause of fac­tion­al­ism in the struc­tures of the ANC in the re­gion, they could not agree on a suit­able can­di­date to re­place him. At some point, some coun­cil­lor col­lapsed meet­ings by stag­ing walk­outs and when some meet­ings sat, coun­cil­lors used them to in­sult each other.

Dube-Ncube said all this started in Jan­uary when of­fi­cials from Cogta at­tended a coun­cil meet­ing but were not al­lowed to re­main at the meet­ing in or­der to give tech­ni­cal ad­vice to the coun­cil.

“The coun­cil has in abun­dance dis­played the propen­sity to ig­nore the rule of law,” Dube-Ncube said. “On March 19, an­other let­ter was re­ceived by Cogta from the mayor cit­ing var­i­ous in­ci­dents which pointed to the fact that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was fast de­gen­er­at­ing into a state of an­ar­chy.

“We have all been dis­graced by the con­duct of some in this coun­cil and this rep­re­hen­si­ble be­hav­iour has brought the rep­u­ta­tion of this mu­nic­i­pal­ity into dis­re­pute at the most crit­i­cal time when we are try­ing to re­store the con­fi­dence of com­mu­ni­ties to our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.”

An­nounc­ing the fi­nal de­ci­sion, she said the time had come for them as the gov­ern­ment to act.

“I am bring­ing to you the news as we move for­ward that the provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil has re­solved to place this mu­nic­i­pal­ity un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion in terms of 139(1)(b) of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

“The im­pli­ca­tion of this de­ci­sion is that as the MEC for Cogta, I will as di­rected by the provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive, be as­sum­ing the ex­ec­u­tive and ad­min­is­tra­tive func­tions, so that we can get this ser­vice de­liv­ery train back on the rails. I am also ap­point­ing a min­is­te­rial rep­re­sen­ta­tive to im­ple­ment the sec­tion 139(1)(b) in­ter­ven­tion at this mu­nic­i­pal­ity, whose func­tion will be to pre­pare and im­ple­ment a re­cov­ery plan for it,” she said.

The coun­cil has in abun­dance dis­played the propen­sity to ig­nore the rule of law

TAK­ING CHARGE: Cogta MEC No­musa Dube-Ncube says the cabi­net has re­solved to place the mu­nic­i­pal­ity un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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