Buffalo City DA to give mayor thumbs down

2013-06-12 17:45
Zukiswa Ncitha

Zukiswa Ncitha

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Johannesburg - The DA in the Buffalo City municipality (BCM) in the Eastern Cape will submit a motion of no confidence in mayor Zukiswa Ncitha, it said on Wednesday.

The party would submit the motion at the next council meeting, Democratic Alliance caucus leader Kobus Botha said in a statement.

"As a result of her poor political leadership and ongoing mismanagement, service delivery is being neglected and the people of BCM are suffering immensely."

Botha said Ncitha was accused of spending almost R800 000 of ratepayers' money on domestic travel for events, most of which did not appear on her official diary.

"This report highlights ANC leaders' appetite for spending money on luxury vehicles and hotel accommodation around the country."

The Dispatch Online reported on the matter on Wednesday. Documents which the newspaper said it had obtained showed that some of Ncitha's trips, including one which cost more than R12 000, were made while she was in meetings at her East London City Hall offices.

Buffalo City African National Congress secretary Pumlani Mkolo said the party did not receive any information on the motion.

"We will talk when we have more information," he said.

Botha alleged that Ncitha approved workshops at "luxurious" hotels for officials and councillors.

"The DA is of the view that the mayor should be much more prudent with the taxpayers' purse. Priority to her should be to think about saving money for the city before just spending it on personal nice-to-haves," he said.

"The mayor has failed this metro and its people and it is now very clear that we can no longer tolerate her lack of understanding and her inability to unite and lead this council."

- SAPA

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