IFP wants probe into ‘adopt a pothole’

2011-06-28 00:00

WHILE the Inkatha Freedom Party welcomes the move to “adopt a pothole” by all the newly appointed Umvoti Municipality councillors, it still needs to scrutinise the initiative.

This emerged after Umvoti concillors across the political spectrum passed a resolution to contribute R1 000 from their salaries towards the “adopt a pothole” initiative.

The scheme is aimed at fast-tracking the backlog of potholes the municipality needs to repair.

The former Umvoti mayor and chairperson of the IFP constituency there, Petros Ngubane, told The Witness yesterday, “As the IFP leadership we are still going to caucus around this initiative to find out if correct procedures were followed in order to ensure that there is transparency around this issue.”

He said the party wants to find out if there was any scientific evidence by the council to back up its initiative.

“We are also going to monitor if all necessary procedures were followed as well as the tools provided by the Constitution and legislation pertaining to the running of municipalities.”

This will help the IFP establish whether all channels were followed or it was just a top-down approach, he said.

Ngubane said that it will help his party to know if there was any intimidation and dictatorship imposed on its members to account for the adoption of the “adopt a pothole” initiative.

“If correct procedures were followed then the IFP will have no problems,” he added.

Umvoti speaker Ahmed Shaik said there was no intimidation and dictatorship involved.

Councillors voluntarily contributed to the “adopt a pothole” across the political spectrum.

When Greytown Mayor Philani Mavundla voluntarily forfeited his salary to save the municipality money , he added, the councillors decided to follow his example and fast-track repairs to potholes on municipal roads.

Shaik said the public/private initiative is aimed at getting businesses in Greytown to support the “adopt a pothole” scheme.

“We are going to visit various businesspeople to sell the idea of adopting a pothole where they will auction it and fundraise on behalf of the municipality,” said Shaik.

The municipality is sitting on a R36 million deficit and the initiative is one of the mechanisms to help it financially.

Shaik said councillors’ voluntary donations of R1 000 each add up to R40 000 so far.

“We need about R20 million to fix all the potholes in the entire municipality.

“We also need about R80 million to fix those roads that are totally dilapidated over a long period,” he added.

A public works roads division will be established to do all the repairs of potholes and roads as well as maintenance in the district, said Shaik.

 He added that this will reduce costs and help create sustainable employment.

 

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