DA presents its 10-point plan to clean up PMB

2010-08-04 00:00

PROVINCIAL and Msunduzi Municipality Democratic Alliance leaders are adamant that the opposition party has the only viable solution to revive the embattled KwaZulu-Natal capital.

Outlining their 10-point plan to save Pietermaritzburg, clean up the city and clean out inefficient administration, during a public meeting held at the Royal Showgrounds yesterday evening, DA leaders said the ANC-run municipality is not a solution but a problem for the city.

Provincial party leader and member of the provincial legislature John Steenhuisen said the ruling party has had control of the city since 1996, and from the very start its cadre deployment of party loyalists into senior positions had a negative effect on the administration of the council.

“That’s why, when the ANC comes and tells us that they have the answers and the solutions for PMB, we can turn round and say to them no, no, no! The ANC is the problem, not the solution. And so we say to them today, ‘If you think you are the solution, if you think you have the answers, then let’s start by playing open cards with the people. Release the forensic audits, why are these being hidden? Jail your comrades who have robbed and pillaged this city. Elect competent people to represent your party’,” Steenhuisen challenged the ANC.

He said meeting was being held to give people an alternative to the ANC and to set out the DA’s take on the issue of Msunduzi Municipality.

The opposition’s 10-point plan to clean up the city calls for :

• Prosecution of offenders and recovery of money from irregular expenditure and corruption;

• Replacement of ineffective or incompetent staff;

• Prioritising service delivery and reducing costs by outsourcing municipal services and increasing efficiency;

• Effective and regular maintenance of infrastructure;

• Correction of the valuation roll and apportioning bases for fair rates charges;

• Collection of outstanding debts and elimination of wasteful expenditure;

• Doing away with unnecessary VIP security bodyguards;

• Publication of the results of all forensic inquiries;

• Elimination of corruption in the tender process; and

• Prompt and efficient attention to public queries and complaints.

The party’s caucus leader in the municipality, Councillor Bill Lambert, said city residents have been subject to severe service delivery incompetence and this started with the warfare between former mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo and former speaker Alpha Shelembe.

He said that the suspended and former administration heads had lied to the councillors and wasteful expenditure is common in the council.

The DA leaders said that with the appointment of Msunduzi administrator Johann Mettler, changes are beginning to be seen.

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