Threat to make Umsunduzi ‘ungovernable’

2011-06-21 07:13

Protesters gave Umsunduzi deputy mayor Alpha Shelembe and his fellow ANC regional committee members an ultimatum to step down by the end of this month, or face an ungovernable city, the Independent Online reported today.

Speaking on behalf of the about 1 000 protesters, ANC activist Nana Mnandi, said they were willing to bring the city to its knees and render it ungovernable unless their concerns about corruption were addressed.

The angry protesters brought the Pietermaritzburg CBD to a halt on Friday afternoon, when they marched from Dale Park to the legislature, protesting against corruption.

At the legislature, they handed over a memorandum to provincial government leaders.

The memorandum read: “Some of the very people who caused trouble and were at the helm when the municipality collapsed have been re-invited to serve in the council. This is the worst insult ever, and at best, an act of trivialising the collapse of the municipality.

“As an alliance we take a dim view of the re-deployment of these councillors, including as a specific and most urgent case, the deployment of the former council speaker, Alpha Shelembe, as the deputy mayor.”

Chants including, “Down with thieves who steal from ratepayers” and “Down with criminals disguised as ANC members” echoed across the city.

Dr Makhosi Khoza, an ANC spokesperson and ANC MPL, this week called for Shelembe to be removed from his job.

His appointment as deputy mayor after the local government elections was met with fierce opposition, not only from opposition parties, but also from ANC members and Cosatu.

Yesterday, the KwaZulu-Natal ANC youth league said Khoza’s statement on Shelembe was aimed at hogging headlines, and to position herself as a “paragon of moral excellence better than all the provincial executive committee leaders within the ANC”.

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