Chaotic Mtubatuba council dissolved

2015-02-07 00:00

THE Mtubatuba council has been ­dissolved by the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department (Cogta) over allegations including that the councillors had failed to investigate wasteful expenditure.

The department said in a statement yesterday that the 38 councillors had been relieved of their duties.

Internal bickering, maladministration, poor financial management and power games had crippled service delivery. These problems had spilled out into the community, resulting in protests.

Earlier this week, members of the Cogta portfolio committee expressed concerns about the chaotic situation in the municipality.

A raft of allegations were levelled against the council, including:

• failure to co-operate with the administrator brought in to stabilise the council;

• failure to implement an intervention support strategy and a financial recovery plan; and

• failure to conduct investigations into fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said the council was given a chance to remedy the situation, but had failed.

“In view of the deteriorating situation and failure by the municipal council to perform its executive functions, ­including holding council meetings, we approached the cabinet, which resolved to dissolve the Mtubatuba Municipal Council.”

She said there had been a steady ­increase in unpaid creditors and this has had a detrimental effect not only on ­service delivery, but also the financial ­position of the municipality.

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