Mchunu warns troubled Mtubatuba

2014-09-18 00:00

PREMIER Senzo Mchunu has warned the Mtubatuba Municipality of “further action” if it failed to deliver on services.

“We will be closely monitoring this municipality over the next six months and we will act swiftly if there is no progress,” Mchunu said at a meeting with councillors and residents on Tuesday.

While he did not specify “the further action”, it is understood he meant the dissolution of the council.

His spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya was tight-lipped yesterday, only saying the performance of the municipality would be closely monitored. “I am not in a position to pre-empt what the government will do after six months,” he said.

Mchunu’s statement comes after the provincial government earlier this month dissolved the troubled Mpofana Municipality after interventions failed to yield positive results amid community protests.

Mtubatuba was placed under administration in 2012 when it experienced problems managing its finances and administration.

However, some progress has since been recorded with the municipality obtaining a qualified audit report in 2012-13 following the prior year’s disclaimer.

The council reduced its operating deficit from R27 million to R6 million, while the collection of rates and service also increased from a monthly R900 000 to R1,3 million.

But, Mchunu said there was concern over remnants of “ill-discipline” within the municipality.

“In recent times we have learnt of squabbles, wildcat strikes and the filthiness of the town. This has sparked outrage even within the business community,” Mchunu said.

He added his administration would do everything in its power to get rid of the decay that has the potential to destroy the council.

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