PMB: ‘designed to fall apart’

2008-10-29 00:00

Following admissions by most of the Msunduzi Municipality Executive Committee members that the “city is falling apart”, municipal manager Rob Haswell told the full council yesterday that the city was “designed” to fall apart.

“At the meeting of the Executive Committee on October 16, 2008, a number of councillors raised serious concerns and criticised the maintenance, particularly of roads and street lights.

“In the heat of the moment, claims that the city is falling apart were made, and this received front page and editorial exposure in The Witness. Clearly, as the chief accounting officer, I must respond,” said Haswell.

He said that while he will resist the temptation to blame everything on the past or offer a quick-fix turnaround strategy, it is fundamental to accept that apartheid policies such as the Group Areas Act contributed to the city being “fractured” along racial, economic and geographic lines that still exist.

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