Another chance for office bearers to be appointed in Nquthu municipality

2016-12-12 11:35
Nomusa Dube-Ncube. (Jabulani Langa, Foto24)

Nomusa Dube-Ncube. (Jabulani Langa, Foto24)

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Durban – The beleaguered Nquthu Local Municipality will be given yet another opportunity to elect its office bearers, MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube said on Monday.

"We are once again...affording the councillors of Nquthu municipality another opportunity to redeem themselves and possibly give their residents an early Christmas present by electing office bearers and their representatives to the district," Dube-Ncube said on Monday.    

The municipality has, on five occasions since the 2016 local government elections, failed to elect office bearers to perform day-to-day oversight over the administration.  

This has held back the reconstitution of the uMzinyathi District Municipality and recently led to the two municipalities being placed under provincial administration.

According to Cogta, the provincial administration has ensured uninterrupted service delivery as well as the municipality's swift response to the ongoing drought and other natural disasters.

Call for 'political maturity'

Dube-Ncube said Cogta was optimistic that the councillors would "this time around put the interest of their residents and service delivery as priority number one".

"The shenanigans that have led to the collapse of meetings on five occasions [are] eroding the confidence of the people on the municipality and we need to restore this confidence."

She said Cogta was appealing for "political maturity" in Nquthu.

She urged officials to have the "willingness to look further than their narrow political agendas".

"The councillors need to realise that the local community is not interested in the ongoing political theatre which prompted our intervention in Nquthu in the first place. The local residents want a functional municipality which is what the new councillors were elected to deliver in August 2016," said Dube-Ncube.

Read more on:    cogta  |  durban  |  local elecitons 2016

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