Eastwood anc, YCL reject their councillor

2009-03-19 00:00

ANC and Young Communist League (YCL) members in Eastwood have joined residents there in their quest to remove Ward 34 councillor Mzwakhe Dladla, allegedly for failing to deliver on the needs of residents.

Dladla (ANC) is accused by residents, the YCL and some of his party supporters of nepotism, favouritism, treating residents with disrespect and failure to bring development, such as housing, to ward 34.

A YCL member who asked not to be named said the league and residents have called for Dladla’s resignation on a number of occasions, but the call has been unheeded by the ANC’s local Moses Mabhida regional executive committee (REC).

The source said residents are tired of Dladla’s alleged “disrespectful attitude” and “arrogance”.

He said the YCL even wrote to the REC in its capacity as a tripartite alliance partner, asking for Dladla to be “recalled”, but the move was quashed.

The residents, through the YCL, organised a march to the Msunduzi Municipality to hand over a memorandum asking for Dladla to be sacked, said the source, but this was also put on ice by the REC.

YCL branch secretary Siboniso Dlamini confirmed that the league is aware of the residents’ grievances about Dladla, but declined to reveal its position on the recalling of the councillor.

A member of the ANC in the area, who also wished to remain anonymous, said the residents’ complaints about Dladla began when he was announced as the party’s ward candidate ahead of the 2006 local government elections.

The source alleged that Dladla was not chosen by the branch members of the ANC.

Dladla declined to comment and referred questions to council speaker Alpha Shelembe.

Shelembe convened a meeting in Eastwood on Tuesday evening to listen to the residents’ grievances.

Some left when it got dark and the tent, where the meeting was held, had no lights or microphone. However, the meeting carried on later.

Shelembe said the residents only complained about issues pertaining to development. “No one mentioned that the ward councillor should resign. The meeting dealt with various issues of development,” said Shelembe.

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