MEC slams KZN municipalities

2010-05-07 20:49

Durban - Underperforming municipalities on Friday got a tongue-lashing from KwaZulu-Natal local government MEC Nomusa Dube for not developing proper turnaround strategies aimed at improving service delivery.

Dube was reacting to presentations made to her by Uthukela district municipality and Indaka, Emnambithi, Umtshezi, Imbabazane and Okhahlamba local municipalities.

She said she was fed up with the leadership of the municipalities which failed to improve service delivery after receiving guidance from department officials.

“I am disappointed with all of you. For instance, you are sitting with water purification material which has not been put to use over the past three years, when there are communities where these could be used to provide water to the people. Why is this so?"

Indaka and Okhahlamba were put under provincial government administration after the executives of the municipalities failed to administer the municipalities even after financial assistance had been provided by the province.

Dube said the municipalities faced dissolution if they did not change.

She also said the work plans presented by the municipalities on Friday appeared to have still failed the test as they did not point to proper strategies and resources on how to address weaknesses.

“On my score card, you all get a zero… You need to redo this exercise,” Dube said.