eThekwini: Cogta MEC blamed for bad press

2012-11-14 00:00

WHO is to blame for the continued bad press the eThekwini Municipality receives as a result of the yet to be released Manase forensic report?

KZN Finance Committee chairperson Belinda Scott blames opposition parties for the situation.

However, ACDP MPL Jo-Ann Downs believes the fault lies entirely with Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Nomusa Dube, for her “premature comments” on the report.

Scott pointed to the good performance reports eThekwini continued to receive from the National Treasury. She said a recent report gave the metro several kudos and pointed out that it was the municipality with the largest capital budget in the country at over R5 billion.

Scott said the municipality had received unqualified audits since inception. “Tell me (of) another municipality that has done that,” she said.

She added that the Treasury had said it was normal for the municipality to borrow money from time to time. “We should not get hysterical when it borrows money. It is now delivering a massive pipeline in Umlazi. It has the capital to borrow; it is in the black; it is safe.”

Scott said the negative image of eThekwini being painted did an injustice to development in KZN, as the metro was a major economic driver in the province.

Downs said she agreed with Scott to some degree that the issue had been exaggerated.

“However, I believe the fault lies entirely with the MEC. If she did not make the pronouncements on the findings of the report before they were delivered to the people named in the report for their response, this would not have happened,” said Downs.

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