City may hold meetings behind closed doors

2020-03-25 06:04

THE Msunduzi Municipality, which held a special council meeting yesterday, is contemplating holding its meetings behind closed doors as part of measures to avoid big gatherings.

Addressing councillors, Mayor Mzi Thebolla said the municipality could find itself having to bar members of the media and the public from attending its meetings in order to comply with the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people.

It is a legal requirement for council meetings to be open to the public and Thebolla said they have sought advice.

Acting municipal manager Nelly Ngcobo said the restrictions on public gatherings may result in the municipality cancelling full council meetings as they attract larger crowds.

“The full council will only meet to consider those items that cannot be sub-delegated to Exco.”

The municipality was due to call public meetings for input on the draft budget to be finalised in May.

Ngcobo said only a limited number of residents will be allowed to attend in each area. These meetings are not legally required.

Meanwhile, Msunduzi has applied for permission from Treasury to stock large quantities of sanitisers, which falls under the emergency procurement policy, Ngcobo said.

While the municipality would have to spend on some of the virus-fighting activities, Thebolla said departments such as Health will also be financing some of the activities.

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