Cronyism complaints vindicate us — IFP

2010-01-19 00:00

THE IFP has been vindicated in its long-standing criticism of management practices in the Msunduzi Municipality, said Dr Lionel Mtshali, the party’s spokesman on finance and public accounts.

Mtshali was reacting to a report in yesterday’s Witness, in which municipal staff blamed the current service delivery woes on cronyism.

“The municipality’s jobs-for-pals approach has brought the delivery of essential services to the residents of Pietermaritzburg to a standstill.

“The time has come for the MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs to intervene in this municipality, with the same vigour with which her department routinely intervenes in IFP-controlled municipalities,” said Mtshali.

He added that the IFP has long called for action on the findings of a two-year-old forensic report into mismanagement at the Msunduzi Municipality.

“Most recently, our councillor, Mrs Candy Seymour, duly exposed the council’s incompetence and inaction in dealing with the city’s landfill sites,” Mtshali said.

Democratic Alliance caucus leader in the Msunduzi Municipality, Bill Lambert, pointed out that KZN’s MEC for Co-operative Governance, Nomsa Dube, announced in December that she had set up a commission of inquiry into the municipality.

“This was the best news we heard. I have been asking for months now about the outcome of the forensic report that was tabled before full council in August 2007.

“All parties accepted the recommendations, which named certain individuals and called for action to be taken against them. Yet despite repeated requests, we have no information on the outcome of council’s resolution on this matter,” Lambert said.

He added that with the commission of inquiry the DA looks forward to getting answers on the massive overtime expenditure, as well as the outcome of the inquiry into the Nkosi Mlaba Cultural Day festival.

In the latter, high- ranking officials allegedly claimed the mo­ney was for the cultural day, but it was allegedly channelled to pay for an ANC rally. “We eagerly await the outcome of all these inquiries,” said Lambert.

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