Delay in appointing MM criticised

2017-09-13 06:01
PHOTO: SuppliedMsunduzi Acting Municipal Manager Sizwe Hadebe.

PHOTO: SuppliedMsunduzi Acting Municipal Manager Sizwe Hadebe.

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“This is a clear political deployment which hampers service delivery,” Nhlabathi said.

“No one from the ANC serving in a council wants to make decisions that may need to be reversed after the party’s election conference because those decisions might not augur well with the winning faction at the conference,” he said.

The pair said the Msunduzi Municipality rents a flat for the acting municipal manager in addition to him receiving a housing allowance.

“Since his acting as the municipal manager is in breach of Municipal Systems Act, every benefit that is paid to him can be regarded­ as wasteful expenditure. My question­ is what is he bringing to the municipality­?” asked Majola.

He said Hadebe’s performance as acting municipal manager has been unsatisfactory because during this time the municipality is at risk of losing R2 billion in revenue, which is almost 50% of the total revenue for the 2017/2018 financial year if the National­ Energy Regulator of South Africa’s investigation into the city’s operating licence reveals that Msunduzi is non-compliant.

“Which is possibly looking at how the municipality handles the issue of power outages,” Majola said.

He said at full council on Wednesday, August 30, an item on the agenda revealed that the municipality has never complied with Sans 10090: 2003, a standard for regulating fire stations.

“In his watch, he has not addressed such issues. Residents’ properties and assets are at high risk since none of the four fire stations complies with the standard. Furthermore, we only have four fire stations when we should have nine. The man is a burden to Msunduzi,” he said.

Majola said that 55% of the posts that make up the municipality organogram are vacant, which further hampers service delivery.

“How can the municipality keep somebody who brings this institution into such an unhealthy situation? By delaying the appointment of a permanent municipal manager we are denying the employment of a person who could show more interest into Msunduzi.”

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said: “Mr Hadebe’s secondment is in terms of section 54A (6) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 as amended and was approved by the MEC for Cogta on 15 December­ 2016.”

A request for comment was sent to KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, but a response had not been received at the time of going to print.

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