New committee formed for ‘Ugu issues’

2018-02-01 06:01
Addressing local media at Ray Nkonyeni Municipality on Monday ANC Lower South Coast region spokesperson Selvan Chetty (left) and regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi.PHOTO: OMEGA MOAGI

Addressing local media at Ray Nkonyeni Municipality on Monday ANC Lower South Coast region spokesperson Selvan Chetty (left) and regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi.PHOTO: OMEGA MOAGI

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THE ANC Regional Executive Committee met for the first time in 2018 at the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality council chambers on Monday.

The meeting was also the REC’s first since the party’s new president reportedly tabled a number of new resolutions for the region.

Addressing the local media after the meeting regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhanazi said among issues discussed was the newly elected national executive council, which he said, the region was unanimously “upbeat, welcoming and appreciative” about.

“Having Cyril Ramaphosa as a president has saved the country. One of the things that have been a problem within the organisation is the impression we are protecting corruption and incapacity.

“And the resolutions taken by the NEC so far have seemed to assist us in terms of trying to change that perception about us,” said Mkwanazi.

Also discussed at the meeting was Ugu’s water issues to which Mkhwanazi said the REC appreciated that while there were still some setbacks there have been some improvements with water challenges as areas that were previously affected did not experience challenges in the past season.

“We were disappointed there were still some setbacks with water issues in the Port Shepstone CBD as well as the northern areas of Umtentweni. The explanation that we keep on getting is that the infrastructure of Ugu is aged and there was a valve that was almost more than 70 years old, which could not even be identified in Umtentweni,” said Mkhwanazi.

Following this and other setbacks, a committee, led by former municipal manager of the then Hibiscus Coast Municipality Sibusiso Mkhize, has been formed to deal specifically with Ugu water issues.

“We have formed an independent inclusive committee that is going to assist in looking at all these causal factors. Over and above what Ugu is saying we need to get a second opinion from other people so we are able to address challenges.

“We have also noted with concern the qualified audit opinion on Ugu that somehow they have regressed. We are concerned about that and have strengthened some of our systems.

“We have also instructed that the concerned municipalities be investigated. Corruption is something we are not going to tolerate, so when there are allegations of corruption we must deal with them without fear or contradiction,” said Mkhwanazi.

He said those delegated to investigations, including those into RNM’s R35 million saga, were given a deadline of before the end of February.

Also, vacant positions were to be filled before the end of February. He announced that the deputy mayor position has been filled, however, could not be shared with the public at this point.

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