Zululand mayor says MEC is meddling

2011-01-07 00:00

THE Mayor of Zululand, Blessed Gwala, has warned the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, to stop “interference aimed at destabilising the Zululand District”.

Dube has reportedly written a strong letter to the ­eDumbe Municipality demanding that the process of deploying former mayor Mpiyakhe Hlatshwayo, and other changes brought in by the Inkatha Freedom Partydominated municipality, should be started afresh because they were not conducted properly.

Gwala said in a statement yesterday: “We were very disturbed by reports that MEC Dube called for the repeat of the deployment process that the IFP effected in the eDumbe.

“Ironically, it was her party’s government that complained about vacancies that remained after the IFP had acted against wayward deployed leaders.

“Now that we have filled the vacancies, she comes around and says that the process was not correct. In our view this is blatant interference aimed at destabilising the Zululand District.”

Responding to Gwala’s accusations, Dube’s spokesperson, Vernon Mchunu, said the MEC is mandated by the Constitution “to ensure proper, constitutionally and legally based governance in all the 61 municipalities in the province”.

“Her active involvement over the past year in helping a number of municipalities in our province to carry out their responsibilities on the basis of the aforementioned statutes speaks volumes about her commitment to her mandate …

“The MEC has on numerous occasions publicly warned municipalities who are not conducting themselves by the book to do so or face intervention by the provincial government.

“As we speak, four municipalities who clearly failed to heed the MEC’s calls for good governance and clean administration are currently under provincial administration,” Mchunu said.

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