‘Cosatu claims baseless’

2011-06-08 00:00

THE South African Communist Party (SACP) in KwaZulu-Natal, has joined its fellow tripartite alliance partner Cosatu in lambasting the appointment of Msunduzi Municipality deputy mayor, Alpha Shelembe, and council speaker, Zonke Mbatha.

At a press briefing held in Durban yesterday, the SACP’s provincial executive committee (PEC) said that it was “very disappointed with the deployment of some councillors who were implicated in acts of corruption, but have been brought back into key municipal positions”.

The SACP’s remarks on the Msunduzi leadership come hot on the heels of similar comments on the appointments by Cosatu and municipal workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu). The unions slammed Shelembe and Mbatha’s appointment to top positions on Monday.

Shelembe was previously council speaker and Mbatha was an executive committee (Exco) member when the municipality was placed under administration for corruption, financial mismanagement and maladministration.

“We believe that this act of appointing people accused of looting state resources and depriving ordinary citizens of basic services flies in the face of this government’s commitment to fight against corruption and run clean local government,” said SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu.

“Worse still, these appointments were done when there was an understanding reached between the ANC and its alliance partners that people who were implicated or accused of corruption will not be brought back to the same municipalities that they looted.”

The PEC regarded the deployments as scandalous and blemishing the name of the ANC. The SACP PEC also criticized the appointment of uMgungundlovu District speaker although the name of the district’s speaker was not divulged at the briefing, ANC insiders have said that former Umngeni Municipality mayor, Edward Dladla, was likely to be nominated to the position.

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