Power outages: city spokesperson says comments ‘unfortunate’

2011-06-14 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality has responded to an article in a report in yesterday’s Witness , “Power outages: join the queue, angry caller told”.

Spokesperson Brian Zuma said comments that were attributed to Maxwell Mthembu — that white people believe they should get first preference because they are white — are “unfortunate”.

“This is definitely not the position of the municipality. We provide services and treat all residents the same. We are totally against use of statements with racial undertones.

“Mthembu transgressed the rule that officials are not allowed to speak to the media in their capacities as employees of the municipality, and management will deal with him in that regard.”

Zuma said he also spoke to Tony Ferreira of Foxhill, who had complained about a power outage. “He said Maxwell was very co-operative and polite to him, and said he was a gentleman.”

In his statement, Zuma quoted Ferreira as saying, “I was happy with his service, and in fact he has changed my political views with his service.”

Ferreira confirmed this when contacted by The Witness.

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