Clean-up at eThek­wini, Msun­duzi

Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS NDALISO [email protected]

THE RE­MOVAL of the ANC’s eThek­wini and Msun­duzi ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil mem­bers was the be­gin­ning of a “to­tal clean-up” of all the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties run by the party, the ANC said yesterday.

This was af­ter its pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship an­nounced the “re­de­ploy­ment” with im­me­di­ate ef­fect of its mem­bers serv­ing on the two mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties’ ex­ec­u­tive committees.

ANC pro­vin­cial spokesper­son Ri­cardo Mthembu said the party had sent teams to as­sess the state of their mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in KwaZulu-Natal, start­ing with Msun­duzi and eThek­wini, fol­low­ing com­mu­nity con­cerns about the state of ser­vice de­liv­ery in some mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

The as­sess­ment, he said, was in­formed by the De­part­ment of Co-op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs’s “State of Lo­cal Govern­ment” re­port pre­sented to the in­di­vid­ual mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties last month.

The re­port on eThek­wini was damn­ing, re­veal­ing that ten­sions within the ANC, as well as po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence had com­pro­mised ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“We re­ceived the Cogta re­ports on the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. They in­formed the de­ci­sion to do our own as­sess­ment, and the con­tents were con­firmed. We started in­ter­ven­ing in the two, be­cause they have the worst chal­lenges.

“This is an on­go­ing ex­er­cise to re­store or­der and ac­count­abil­ity in our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. We will make in­ter­ven­tions in other ANC-run pro­vin­cial mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, and we will make our pro­nounce­ment when the in­ter­ven­tions are un­der way,” Mthembu said.

Dur­ing their as­sess­ment, the in­abil­ity to run a re­li­able and ef­fec­tive billing sys­tem was among the con­cerns raised.

Mthembu said the as­sess­ments were car­ried out by the party’s pro­vin­cial work­ing com­mit­tee (PWC) over a week.

The Or­gan­i­sa­tion Un­do­ing Tax Abuse (Outa) said there was lit­tle doubt that eThek­wini mayor Zandile Gumede had left a legacy of “de­fec­tive ser­vices, wastage, poor man­age­ment and aber­rant lead­er­ship”.

Outa’s pro­vin­cial man­ager Tim Tyrrell said re­mov­ing the exco mem­bers should have oc­curred much ear­lier.

“The Cogta re­port pro­vides damn­ing ev­i­dence against the city’s lead­er­ship un­der Gumede’s watch, not­ing po­lit­i­cal in­fight­ing, po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in the ad­min­is­tra­tion, fraud and cor­rup­tion, the lack of fi­nan­cial over­sight and poor project man­age­ment, all lead­ing to fail­ures in ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“Based on this re­port alone, Gumede and those who sur­rounded her should never again be al­lowed to hold pub­lic of­fice,” he added.

Tyrrell said the prob­lems faced by Msun­duzi mu­nic­i­pal­ity were multi-faceted and run deep through­out the or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­ture.

“How­ever, a change in po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship is a strong mes­sage im­ply­ing there is a will to turn the city’s for­tunes around. For too long, Msun­duzi has been ripped apart by fac­tional pol­i­tics and ram­pant cor­rup­tion. It is hoped the new lead­er­ship will put the city and its res­i­dents first,” he said.

Outa called for ac­tion through­out the dys­func­tional mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that the ANC con­trols coun­try­wide.

The IFP and the DA have wel­comed the ANC Exco over­haul in the province.

Agency (ANA) | DOC­TOR NGCOBO African News

METRO po­lice out­side the ANC of­fices in Dur­ban yesterday.

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