Municipality is held accountable

2017-10-06 06:00
 Photo: siphelele nketoMarchers with placards.

Photo: siphelele nketoMarchers with placards.

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UMUZIWABANTU Local Municipality was held accountable by the Harding Ward 3 community after they marched and handed over a list of grievances to Department of Co-operative Governance and the Department of Traditional Affairs at the municipal offices last Friday.

The march was under the watchful eye of police from the Harding Licensing & Testing Station.
Marchers waved placards with messages “stop corruption”, “Harding is ours” and called municipal manager, Sazi Mbhele to step out of the municipality building.

Grievances included that ward committees in Ward 3 are not working with the Ward 3 councillor and as a result the municipality has refused to elect new ward committees.

After April by-elections in the ward, ward councillor Xola Mbela from the ruling party won and people want him to work with new ward committees.
People also wanted the mayor, Dixie Nciki, not to interfere in employment processes in the ward.

“We believe that our ward councillor has the right to work with other councillors to make the employment process free, open and fair without Nciki’s help,” said Nomhle Mgugulo, a community member.

They want municipal manager Sazi Mbhele to leave the municipality, saying he has overstayed his tenure in the municipality after serving many terms.
“The condition of the town is not getting better and there are no by-laws and no law enforcement under Mbhele’s watch. Mbhele has failed to employ people to fill critical positions in the municipality,” added Mgugulo.

People wanted local people to be employed in managerial positions at the municipality.

Municipal speaker, Mzwandile Nyathi­ said the march was politically motivated by factions within the ruling party because many marchers are ANC members.

Responding to complaints he said the municipality is not allowed to elect new ward committees as the Municipal Structures Act affirms that.
He said since the ANC took control of the town from IFP after the 2006 elections Harding has improved

“The town has many tarred streets and service delivery is good,” Mbhele said.




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