Msunduzi ‘council chaos’ condemned
ANC councillors in the embattled Msunduzi Municipality have been accused of bringing their “factional battles” to the council and collapsing its functioning.
This after fewer than 20 ANC councillors are said to have attended a special council meeting yesterday meant to address numerous issues, including the disciplining of municipal manager Sizwe Hadebe.
Hadebe is under pressure from the opposition party and his senior managers who all want him gone for allegations of wrongdoing.
This is the second meeting in as many weeks that the council could not sit because it did not have a quorum.
Last week, around 30 ANC councillors failed to attend another council meeting.
An ANC councillor speaking on condition of anonymity said council business was coming second best.
“These councillors are out there plotting something. Their actions could be an invitation for the municipality to be placed under administration.
“This is the second time the council has failed to sit. The functioning of the council is one of the things looked at when a municipality is about to be placed under administration,” said the councillor.
Opposition parties said the conduct of ANC councillors was preventing them from playing their oversight role.
“The MM (municipal manager) issue is one of many issues that needed to be settled. The special council was scheduled because the normal council on May 30 did not complete all matters due to be addressed.
“We had two thick agendas that we needed to get through. There were internal audit reports that we needed to discuss.
“It cannot be that for two weeks in a row the council is unable to sit because it cannot form a quorum. If the council is no longer able to function, it should be placed under administration,” he said.
IFP councillor Thinasonke Ntombela said the ANC party problems were playing out in the council functions.
“Their absence is co-ordinated somewhere. This is organised chaos that must trigger articles to place the municipality under administration.”
Attempts to speak to mayor Themba Njilo and deputy mayor Thobani Zuma were unsuccessful.
ANC chief whip Trueman Magubane said councillors had submitted apologies for their absence. “It’s only when a councillor misses three consecutive meetings without apology that action can be taken.”