No more corruption, mayor in KZN pledges

2011-06-02 21:42

Pietermaritzburg - Newly elected mayor of Msunduzi municipality Chris Ndlela has predicted the new council will soon be rid of corruption, bringing an end to the need for an administrator.

He made the remarks in his acceptance speech at Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

He told current administrator Sibusiso Sithole who was at the ceremony: "Your days in this city are numbered because we will fight corruption and then there will be no need for you to be here."

Ndlela called on all concerned parties, including business and the media, to support the council.

A former teacher, Ndlela urged diligence from councillors, emphasising the need for them to read more.

"Officials be aware that you will not be simply pushing papers to us. We will interrogate everything before accepting it."

Ndlela implored residents to assist council by paying for services - a move which he said would ensure that Msunduzi became a prosperous council.

Earlier in the afternoon protests outside the city hall and shooting by police marred the inauguration of the new council of the Msunduzi municipality in Pietermaritzburg.

A group of supporters staged a protest outside city hall, waving placards calling for the removal of some councillors and leaders of the regional executive committee.

Council officials barred members of the public from entering the building amid fears that they could disrupt the proceedings.

As the ceremony to nominate office bearers was starting inside city hall gunshots were heard outside.

It was reported that the shots were fired by police in a bid to separate two groups who were attacking each other.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube, Finance MEC Ina Cronje and leading figures from the business community attended the inauguration.

- SAPA

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