ANC recalls Umsunduzi councillors

2010-03-18 14:48

The ANC has called for the resignation of councillors on the executive committee of the Umsunduzi Municipality which was in serious financial difficulty.

ANC members on the executive council, including mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo and her deputy Mervin Dirks, had agreed to resign, ANC secretary in KwaZulu-Natal Sihle Zikalala said in Durban on Thursday.

“They are all cooperating with us,” he said.

The affected councillors would be replaced before the end of March, after the party’s provincial working committee had met to discuss the matter.

“The ANC has resolved that all ANC members who serve in the executive committee should resign from the executive committee meeting. This includes the mayor, the deputy mayor and the speaker.”

Zikalala was quick to point out that the decision did not constitute any judgment of wrongdoing on their part, but was to ensure cohesion among political office-bearers in the council.

He said the lack of political stability had resulted in a lack of unity among ANC councillors.

“On a number of occasions, the ANC had to endure serious negative reports arising from the manner in which our councillors have been conducting themselves in the public,” he said.

The municipal council had been beset by maladministration, Zikalala said.

Last week provincial cooperative governance MEC Nomusa Dube announced she had appointed an administrator to turn the municipality’s finances around and stripped Hlatshwayo and her council of their powers.

Zikalala said the ANC-led government would ensure that decisive actions were taken to ensure proper running of municipalities.

“We will make sure that actions are taken irrespective of who runs the municipality. Our government has taken actions in the Umhlabuyalingana Municipality which was run by the IFP and we are taking actions in our own municipality,” he said.

Zikalala said the ANC was optimistic that the administrator would turn the situation around.

“We also believe that the truth about the cause of the problem will also come out.”
He said it was not true that the new mayor had been chosen by the ANC.

There had been speculation that ANC members of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, Mike Tarr or Makhosi Khoza, were likely to replace Hlatshwayo.

The Umsunduzi Municipality includes the provincial capital Pietermaritzburg.

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