Dlungwane plans to crack whip on delivery

2015-12-07 10:23
New ANC Moses Mabhida regional chairman Mthandeni Dlungwane who was elected recently.

New ANC Moses Mabhida regional chairman Mthandeni Dlungwane who was elected recently. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - The honeymoon is over for municipalities, new ANC Moses Mabhida region chairman Mthandeni Dlungwane has warned.

Dlungwane, who was elected to the position recently, said municipalities must report back on the progress of implementation of the 2011 ANC municipal election manifesto.

Dlungwane who replaces Super Zuma who resigned from the position after being elected to the position of the provincial secretary, said before municipalities think about next year’s elections, they must account for the previous term.

“They were elected by the ANC to deliver on service delivery and we must monitor them.

“The ANC has the best policies, but the biggest challenge is that some of those elected do not implement those policies,” he said.

He called for unity among the party’s structures in the region.

“If we do not unite, we will not be able to deliver services. What is more encouraging is that we emerged from the conference united.

Dlungwane said he had not been elected because he “was clever or better than others”, but because of “relevance”.

He said they will call for “economic freedom in our life time”.

“The majority cannot continue to be sidelined from economic freedom. Those who are elected to positions of power are given authority. That authority must never be misused for self interest or gain for a few elite,” he said.

The 39-year-old Dlungwane has risen through the ranks in the ANC.

He joined the Gedleyihlekisa branch in KwaNxamalala near Sweetwaters in 1990 while he was only 14 years old.

In 1998 Dlungwane was elected to the regional executive committee of the ANC Youth League Moses Mabhida Region.

In 2008 he was elected as the provincial deputy chairman of the ANC Youth League before being elected as the chairman in 2010.

He is part of the ANC Youth League provincial executive committee that was disbanded in 2011 by the leadership of Julius Malema for supporting president Jacob Zuma to be re-elected as the ANC president in the 2012 Mangaung conference.

Dlungwane had previously served on the ANC provincial executive committee prior to the provincial conference that was held in November.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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