Praise for ANC move on poor gov­er­nance

Daily News - - METRO -

IT IS en­cour­ag­ing to see the ANC fi­nally tack­ling is­sues of poor gov­er­nance on a party level rather than wait­ing for the courts to de­cide.

The re­cent oust­ing of the for­mer mayor of ethek­wini, Zandile Gumede, the charges and now the rais­ing of some is­sues via the in­tegrity com­mis­sion seem to be get­ting down to the nitty- gritty of Gumede’s gov­er­nance.

She has a huge po­lit­i­cal fol­low­ing, aided and abet­ted dur­ing her very con­tro­ver­sial ( and dis­as­trous) term as mayor.

The strike by the Dur­ban Solid Waste ( DSW) work­ers re­ally showed what a po­lit­i­cal li­a­bil­ity she was, and drag­ging the City’s ad­min­is­tra­tion fur­ther down­hill.

As for the DSW, it sur­prises me to see the num­ber of fancy, high­spec 2.8 turbo bakkies used by the of­fi­cials when less ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cles could per­form the same func­tion.

As for Gumede, the ques­tion to ask is why is she so afraid of the in­tegrity com­mis­sion when she has noth­ing to hide?

Also, why is she be­ing paid when she is sus­pended? State em­ploy­ees on sus­pen­sion should be paid 50% of their salaries un­til their names have been cleared.

Gumede raises “any re­port could be used to pin her down in court”. Any re­port on what, may I ask?

Is our ju­di­cial sys­tem so weak and does the pros­e­cu­tion team not have ac­cess to its own in­for­ma­tion? MUHAM­MAD OMAR | Dur­ban North

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