Mayor allegedly owes nearly R300 000

2010-09-28 18:13

Durban - Edward Dladla, the mayor of the uMngeni Municipality, allegedly owes his municipality R277 000 in outstanding rental, telephone and electricity bills, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

“It is beyond comprehension that senior public representatives can run up outstanding bills of such magnitude while service delivery within municipalities grinds to a halt due to lack of funds,” said DA member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, George Mari.

Mari said Dladla owed his council R214 500 for rental on a house bought by the municipality for R1.75m.

"The mayor lived in the house for a total period of 33 months, running up a rental account of R214 500.

"During this time he also failed to pay telephone and electricity bills, running up a further debt of R62 500.”

Mari said Co-Operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube had confirmed Dladla had signed an acknowledgement of debt.

“The DA is appalled by this runaway expenditure and the fact that plans to recover the money were not put in place sooner,” he said.

Dladla did not answer his phone when contacted for comment.