Lounge revamp: councillors unhappy

2010-11-30 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality councillors are still in limbo following a decision to relocate them temporarily from the councillors’ lounge until the renovation of the lounge is completed.

ANC councillor Musawenkosi Mchunu said about 63 councillors are squashed in one room where they are expected to carry out their day-to-day duties.

“We were told that this is a temporary arrangement until the renovations of the city hall are completed.

“We still do not know when we are going to move back into our offices because this is unacceptable; we cannot do our work in such conditions,” said Mchunu.

He said as councillors they demand to know from the municipal officials when they are going to get their offices back.

“We sometimes attend to confidential matters with the community members that we serve.

“Now with all this commotion our members cannot come to us so that we can address them simply because there is no privacy.”

He said the city hall is meant for political decision making and not for administration, except for the municipal manager and officials working to support the work of political officers.

“There are many municipal buildings that they can use to place administration officials so that we can be given back our councillors’ lounge,” said Mchunu.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said: “The issue of office space is a challenge — we do not have enough of it. We are exploring all possibilities within the municipal buildings, not only the city hall.

“The issue of the renovated offices in the city hall is being discussed at the highest level and the concerns of the councillors are taken seriously. The matter will be amicably resolved.”


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