DA city stalwart to lead from Cape Town

2014-05-19 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG DA leader Mergan Chetty is leaving the city to take up a position as a Democratic Alliance parliamentarian in Cape Town.

When members of Parliament are sworn in, Chetty, who is believed to have been instrumental in the DA conquering the city’s northern suburbs in the recent election, will take up duties as a member of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

Previously an ANC councillor, Chetty switched to the DA in 2010. He expects to leave for Cape Town this week.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, he said he was happy and humbled to be able to represent the country and the DA in the NCOP.

He said, “The wise words of my late father Pops Chetty echo ever true in that ‘hard work, dedication, commitment and integrity will always be rewarded, as long as one is motivated by a principle and not a position’.

“I believe that the robust, aggressive manner in which I had carried out my responsibilities as an elected public representative contributed to my appointment,” he continued.

Chetty said he would continue doing what had made him prominent while a member of the Msunduzi council: being vigilant to make sure that the country’s resources are not plundered. He said the new position does not mean he is now lost to Pietermaritzburg.

“My community is very important to me, so I will only go down [to Cape Town] for work and come back on the weekend and I will still keep an eye on what is happening in Pietermaritzburg.

“In as much as I say au revoir to the Msunduzi council, I am still a ratepayer and will continue to oversee the shenanigans, if and when they do unfold, and be available to my community.”

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