Up­set res­i­dents marched against Jozini Mu­nici­plaity

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

HUN­DREDS of com­mu­nity and ANC mem­bers in Jozini area and sur­round­ings marched to Jozini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity on Fri­day to hand over a mem­o­ran­dum to the of­fi­cials of the De­part­ment of Co-Op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs on Fri­day, de­mand­ing the dis­band­ing of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Chair­per­son in uMkhanyakude, Ber­twell Mthethwa, said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity should be dis­banded and placed un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion, ac­cus­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity lead­er­ship of cor­rup­tion and mald­min­is­tra­tion.

‘The proof of these al­le­ga­tions is that in June the mu­nic­i­pal­ity used a Mu­nic­i­pal In­fra­struc­ture Grant to pay work­ers and coun­cil­lors be­cause there was no money to pay salaries.

‘Cur­rently, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has ex­hausted all its 2017/18 bud­get, mean­ing they have to use 2018/2019 bud­get to com­plete all un­fin­ished projects,’ said Mthethwa.

Mthethwa fur­ther ac­cused the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of nepo­tism by say­ing when the new ad­min­is­tra­tion took over in 2011 they ex­pelled about 448 peo­ple and re­placed them with those af­fil­i­ated to the IFP.

‘Cur­rently the mu­nic­i­pal­ity holds it coun­cil meet­ings in ho­tels be­cause the coun­cil cham­ber is still un­der con­struc­tion and the con­trac­tor aban­doned the project even though he was paid up front.

‘There are so many projects that were left un­fin­ished be­cause all ser­vice providers left their work un­fin­ished even though they were all fully paid in ad­vance, which we were not aware of.

‘This has also left many more ques­tions than an­swers. Se­condly the trav­el­ling agent is paid R1-mil­lion ev­ery month, we don’t why,’ said Mthethwa.

‘All mu­nic­i­pal ve­hi­cles are branded with colours sim­i­lar to the IFP flag; this is a state in­sti­tu­tion and we can­not al­low that to hap­pen in our coun­try.’

At­tempts to get com­ment from Jozini mayor, Cllr De­lani Mabika were un­suc­cess­ful after the protest.

How­ever, be­fore the march he said he could not com­ment be­cause he had not seen the mem­o­ran­dum.

ANC mem­bers marched against Jozini lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity

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