Msunduzi intervention team reduced to two

2010-11-16 00:00

THE provincial intervention team tasked with rectifying the affairs of the Msunduzi Municipality was officially reduced to a two-man operation yesterday.

This is to the dismay of the Democratic Alliance, which has penned a letter outlining its unhappiness over the matter.

Yesterday The Witness learnt that four of the six members of the team were given one-way tickets to Cape Town on Friday.

This means there are no immediate plans for them to return. Their previous flights to Cape Town were booked with return tickets to Pietermaritzburg.

The provincial administrator, Johann Mettler, and an intervention team member, Ben Dorfling, are the two remaining officials.

Their contracts end next month.

In a letter to the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC on Thursday, DA caucus leader Bill Lambert and the party’s caucus whip, Rodger Ashe, protested the “disbanding of the intervention team before their task is complete”.

Dated last Thursday, the letter calls for the retention of the entire team as the municipality’s recovery is not yet firmly established.

“It would be premature to replace them and their expenditure with local persons at this short notice as we fear their removal will result in an erosion of the gains already derived, and a return to the previous depths of the crisis,” the letter reads.

It goes on to say that the municipality’s recovery is well under way so it is of concern that key figures whose work is just beginning to bear fruit are being removed at such a crucial stage.

Last Tuesday, a national parliamentary delegation that came to the city to assess the intervention said it would go back to the House of Assembly and recommend that the intervention be extended following requests from various organisations.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the contracts still stand and that will be the case until Parliament decides differently.


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