Ugu refuses to change roadshow dates

2015-04-30 14:51

AFRIFORUM, a community-based organisation that acts on behalf of its members, has sent the Ugu District Municipality a letter of demand, requesting that the dates of a public meetings be rescheduled.

According Chris Fourie, AfriForum provincial co-ordinator, KwaZulu-Natal, the law states that 14 days notice has to be given before an integrated development plan-budget roadshow meeting is held.

“It has come to our attention that six days notice of the public participation meeting with regards to the budget has been given,” said Fourie.

“The law states that at least reasonable notice must be given. The above period is not considered reasonable.

“The law provides that at least 14 days notice must be given of the date, time and place of the meeting,” he added.

Fourie said that failure to give adequate notice will be in contravention of the communities’ right to informed participation in the budgetary process.

“In the event that no action plan is provided and no corrective action is taken, we will be forced to consider legal action,” he said.

France Zama, spokesperson for Ugu District Municipality, said the municipality will not be deterred by this occurrence, but instead will forge ahead with the budget meetings as planned.

“Local municipalities, who are custodians of determining dates for the roadshow programme, have duly published their dates to their respective communities.

“As a district municipality we are entrusted with the role of co-ordinating those dates and align our programme accordingly.”

He added that the AfriForum seeks to halt this process which plays an integral part of public engagement

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