Service delivery stalwart quits uMngeni

2012-11-12 00:00

UMNGENI DA councillor Tim Lindsay-White has resigned from the municipality. Lindsay-White was a councillor for ward five, which included the Amber Glen, Amber Valley and Greendale areas. Contacted yesterday, he said he had resigned for personal reasons.

Lindsay-White recently became the editor of uMngeni News, a newspaper associated with the uMngeni Residents’/Ratepayers’ Association (URA) which has been leading a campaign for the council’s Finance Committee meetings to be open to the public.

He said he planned to go back to his roots and work with the residents’ and ratepayers’ association in a non-partisan way.

“I want to continue to help promote full disclosure of information, hence my work on the newspaper. I will also continue to assist residents, particularly with longstanding lack of service delivery issues,” he said.

His personal reasons were that he wanted to concentrate on his business as an estate agent in the town.

He said in many of the lengthy service delivery battles he was involved in as a councillor, his partner and colleagues carried his workload.

Lindsay-White did extensive research to highlight major flaws of under- and over-valuation in the rates valuation list. He exposed the disintegrating sewerage system in the town, that saw raw sewage spill into residential areas from broken and overflowing pipes.

He pointed out that he was instrumental in exposing two former senior councillors involved in housing fraud, which led to their resignation from their posts as deputy mayor and speaker.

DA caucus leader in uMngeni Pam Passmoor declined to comment. Passmoor has been involved in a public spat with the URA over her membership of the municipality’s “closed” Finance Committee meetings, a debate that has been aired inThe Witness.

She referred queries to the party’s Mooi/uMngeni constituency leader Greg Krumbock, who thanked the former councillor for his contribution.

“We acknowledge and thank Tim Lindsay-White for the role he played in his first term as councillor and wish him well with his newspaper,” said Krumbrock.

uMngeni Mayor Mbali Myeni said she had been advised by municipal manager Mpilo Ngubane of Lindsay-White’s resignation. Myeni said the municipality will write to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to declare the seat vacant and will wait for the commission to set a date for a by-election.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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