Accountability must follow ANC conference

2015-11-18 06:00

RATEPAYERS would have noticed that the Msunduzi Municipality was spruced up ahead of the ANC Provincial Conference that took place at the Royal Showgrounds over the weekend.

The municipality pulled out all the stops to welcome the ANC to the City of Choice. Light poles were adorned with banners and the city’s logo expressing warm hospitality to the ANC.

Out of nowhere traffic officers mushroomed and were visible in the precinct of the conference venue. Intersections all along Inkosi Albert Luthuli Street had traffic officers on standby to guarantee traffic flowed smoothly for the big wigs.

What is vexing is ratepayers literally beg for traffic policing to be present in the city, but their calls fall on deaf ears.

Further, when speed-calming measures and essential service delivery is requested the lack of adequate funding is always cited. Yet, for the ruling party, the funds, ratepayers’ funds, are suddenly found.

Government will never get its act together as long as there is no clear distinction between party and state priorities. In every sphere of administration this error is the fundamental cause for dysfunctional departments whether it is health, education or transport.

It is trusted that visible traffic officers will henceforth be the norm and not the exception for a privileged political party only. For the sake of transparency it is trusted that Msunduzi’s speaker will instruct the MPAC committee to investigate who paid for the Msunduzi banners with the ANC’s logo and colours welcoming the ANC to the City of Choice. Inter alia, what was the cost of the city’s traffic service to the ANC?

This must be made public as soon as possible to ensure transparency. Good governance has its roots in public accountability.

MERGAN K. CHETTY, MP

DA KZN deputy leader

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