Chetty named DA’s mayoral candidate for 2016

2015-12-15 10:00
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Pietermaritzburg - The DA’s Mergan Chetty has been named as the party’s mayoral candidate for Msunduzi next year.

The announcement was made last night at the opening of the party’s new offices in Springfield Park.

“I am humbled and extremely appreciative of the confidence that the provincial leadership has in me, by electing me the DA’s mayoral candidate for Msunduzi in the upcoming 2016 Local Government election,” said Chetty.

He said the time for change was now but would only be possible if the residents and ratepayers of Msunduzi “united against the corrupt ANC-led council”.

“As the DA we will ensure that we will fire incompetent and unqualified cadres that have been deployed to senior positions, review the organogram and employ people who are fit for purpose,” he said.

In his press statement announcing his candidacy, Chetty called on the city’s residents to secure their future “before the infighting of the ANC destroys Msunduzi, like Jacob Zuma is destroying South Africa”.

He said the DA had a plan to assist Msunduzi to achieve its “true potential” and envisioned the city to run as the best municipality in the province and the country.

Chetty said the DA will also revisit their initial proposal to privatise certain key departments. “We will be looking at privatising some departments in the interest of providing better and more efficient service delivery to our people.”

Although not outright claiming his win as mayor next year, Chetty said he was very confident that the party will retain their nine wards and win more wards from the ANC.

“We are more optimistic now after our president’s latest shenanigans. We are very confident that the current infighting will also be a contributing factor as the internal squabbling will further compromise service delivery,” added Chetty.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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