DA wants mayor out, of­fers an ac­tion plan

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THE DA is work­ing on a blue­print to set the Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity on the road to fi­nan­cial re­cov­ery and has called for the res­ig­na­tion of mayor Lindiwe Gunuza-Nk­wentsha, the may­oral com­mit­tee and all ANC coun­cil­lors.

In a state­ment, DA cau­cus leader Chris de Wet said the mu­nic­i­pal fi­nan­cial cri­sis (“Cri­sis sta­tions”, Oc­to­ber 20) had been pre­dicted by the party (“EMLM bank­rupt – DA”, Septem­ber 25).

He said it was noted that Gunuza-Nk­wentsha and act­ing mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Mzox­olo Din­gani had now ac­knowl­edged the mu­nic­i­pal­ity could not pay its cred­i­tors “and there­fore es­sen­tially ad­mit that EMLM is bank­rupt”.

It was of con­cern that the ANC lead­ers had failed to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for a mess of their cre­ation.

“They blame lack of staff, the strike, the amal­ga­ma­tion, etc. These are the re­sults of lack of lead­er­ship, fac­tional fight­ing in the ANC, fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment, lack of knowl­edge and ex­per­tise, waste­ful and ir­reg­u­lar ex­pen­di­ture, lack of ac­count­abil­ity and cadre em­ploy­ment.”

De Wet said the ar­eas mak­ing up EMLM had been un­der ANC con­trol since 1994.

“Just as SA has be­come a failed state un­der the Zuma ad­min­is­tra­tion, the same has oc­curred at lo­cal level.”

He said the DA had warned over years that mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity by the ANC would lead to dis­as­ter.

“The man­age­ment vests pri­mar­ily with the lead­er­ship – mayor, speaker and may­oral com­mit­tee. They are full-time em­ploy­ees and re­ceive hand­some salar­ies and other un­nec­es­sary perks to lead the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to the ben­e­fit of its res­i­dents.”

If the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was mis­man­aged, the re­spon­si­bil­ity rested with them and the ANC.

“The sad re­al­ity is that busi­ness and civil so­ci­ety can present the most won­der­ful ad­vice and so­lu­tions, but with­out de­ci­sive, hon­est, ef­fec­tive and trans­par­ent lead­er­ship it will come to noth­ing.”

De Wet said the lo­cal lead­er­ship pos­sessed none of these skills and was more in­ter­ested in fight­ing for po­si­tions and ben­e­fits.

“The DA will fail as the op­po­si­tion rep­re­sent­ing the res­i­dents of EMLM if we do not call for the im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion of the mayor and en­tire may­oral com­mit­tee. The corps of ANC coun­cil­lors should take the blame for the mess and also re­sign im­me­di­ately.”

Vot­ers had trusted the of­fice bear­ers to pro­vide a good, clean, fi­nan­cially vi­able lo­cal gov­ern­ment, yet “they have failed in their duty . . . and do not de­serve to be coun­cil­lors while the mu­nic­i­pal­ity falls apart.”

The cur­rent lead­ers were un­able to man­age the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and must be re­placed im­me­di­ately.

The DA be­lieved the EMLM had the po­ten­tial to be­come an eco­nomic hub.

It was draft­ing an ac­tion plan and con­sult­ing widely to find ad­vice on how to ad­dress the cri­sis.

“The DA has vast ex­pe­ri­ence of bank­rupt mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and met­ros it took over and nur­tured back to health.”

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