New mayor promises to sort out municipality

2011-05-30 12:30

The new mayor of the Umhlabuyalingana municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal warned today that his council would part ways with officials who did not co-operate with his plans to sort out administrative problems.

“We know that out staff were recruited on the basis of political expediency. We demand of them 100% loyalty and allegiance,” Solomon Mkhombo said after being sworn in as mayor.

He said the new council would not hesitate to part ways with officials who would failed to prove themselves worthy of their positions.

Since 2009, the municipality has faced financial and administration problems, which became so serious that the provincial government appointed an administrator to sort out the mess.

Mkhombo told the new councillors they were inheriting a municipality “knee-deep in the mire”.

“It is grappling with all sorts of ills that will require all of us to be firm. At times, we will have to take difficult and unpopular decisions to correct the wrongs for the good of everybody,” he said.

He said the new council would take corrective measures soon.

“This municipality has for long suffered under unsound and lunatic management. The whole institution ran without the guiding principles,” said Mkhombo.

In the absence of decisive leadership, officials had taken over the municipality and run it into the ground, he said.

The municipality is the first in KwaZulu-Natal to form its council since the local government elections on May 18.

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