Councillors demand their city hall offices

2010-11-25 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipal councillors are fed up that newly renovated offices at city hall, which were promised to them, have been given to administrative staff.

This led to a lengthy and angry debate at yesterday’s full council meeting.

Councillors said they suffered the inconvenience of being displaced as a result of renovations to the City Hall that have been going on for the past months. This was because they were promised that the R4,5 million revamp would result in their having better offices with the necessary equipment to do their duties

However, now that the renovations are almost complete, they find administrative staff occupying the revamped offices.

“We feel undermined by the admin officials that have been placed in our offices while we are left with no offices to do our jobs properly. The City Hall should only be used by councillors and their service staff. There is plenty of room in other municipal buildings for the administration staff,” said ANC councillor Qashana Mchunu.

He added that as councillors they did not like to be squashed in little offices next to the toilets.

ANC Councillor Tu Zondi pleaded with the Acting Municipal Manager, Thokozani Maseko, for the councillors to be given their offices back as there is a shortage of space to carry out their duties.

She also pointed out that previously the offices did not have women’s toilets.

IFP Councillor Candy Seymour said: “Since we currently do not have offices to work in we cannot contact each other as councillors as we do not have access to telephones.”

Speaker, Babu Baijoo promised to respond to councillors grievances during the next council sitting because the municipal manager had to prepare a full report on this matter.

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