Something rotten in City of Choice

2016-03-09 06:00

THE factional battles within the ANC have unfolded in Msunduzi.

At the last full council, the speaker informed council that an investigation, in terms of Section­ 106 (1)(b) of the Local Government: Municipals­ Systems Act No 32 of 2000, had been initiated by Cogta’s MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

This act deals with non- performance­, maladministration, acts of fraud, corruption or any other serious mal- practice that has taken place in a municipality.

The Zika-Zuma faction that won control of the province used this investigation to move a motion requesting the municipal manager to explain why council should not suspend him.

This is ironic because not so long ago the Msunduzi leadership was congratulated publicly for obtaining a clean audit.

The streets were decorated with posters carrying­ congratulatory messages from the Cogta MEC.

It is believed that this achievement was a motivation­ for the manager to receive an approximate 25% increase in his package. This is a travesty of justice in light of the finance minister’s budget austerity measures.

Council has been besieged with service-delivery strikes and marches, and the manager did not accede to their increase demands.

The very office that decorated the manager is now calling for an investigation.

Is something amiss with our city finances or is it ANC factionalism at work?

Whatever the reasons, all is not well in the City of Choice and once again ratepayers will pay the price.

MERGAN K. CHETTY, MP

Pietermaritzburg

This is a travesty of justice in light of the finance
minister’s budget austerity
measures.

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