Number of troubled councils ‘disturbing’

2013-05-09 00:00

TEN percent of KZN municipalities are currently under administration.

The Democratic Alliance leader in KwaZulu-Natal, Sizwe Mchunu, said that as far as he was aware this was the highest number of municipalities under administration at one time in the province.

“I don’t think we ever reached this state before.

“Taken against the backdrop that KZN has regressed from having six clean audits to one, the situation is very disturbing,” ­Mchunu said.

IFP shadow minister for co-operative governance inkosi Bonga Mdletshe said most of the municipalities in trouble were those run by coalitions of the ANC and National Freedom Party.

“These coalitions are failing and I warned the MEC a long time ago that something needed to be done,” Mdletshe said.

The IFP believed Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube was slow to intervene in ANC-run municipalities and that Umzinyathi should have been placed under administration a long time ago, he added.

DA spokesperson on Local Government George Mari said having six municipalities under administration was indicative of the ANC’s inability to hold its officials to account.

Mari said the fact that Umzinyathi had exceeded its budget by R300 million pointed to a lack of capacity and high levels of incompetence among officials.

“The province’s municipalities are sliding downhill rather than moving forwards. The people of KwaZulu-Natal deserve better,” he said.

The six municipalities under administration are: Umzinyathi, Ugu District, AbaQulusi, Imbabazane, Indaka and Mtubatuba.

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