Maphumulo mayor responds to criticism

2015-10-28 06:00

FOLLOWING last week’s article in the Stanger Weekly in which the IFP and NFP lambasted the ANC’s leadership in Maphumulo, municipal mayor Happy Ngcobo responded to the criticism dished out by the two parties.

Member of the municipality’s executive committee and IFP’s iLembe District chairperson Msawenkosi Ngidi had blamed the mismanagement of the municipality on what he called the “ANC’s meddling with management positions”.

Ngcobo said that at various times different people have assumed an acting role in management positions.
She said that this is due to the fact that since the investigation of the then municipal manager began in 2012, council could not officially appoint a municipal manager.

The mayor said all that council can do is make a recommendation to the MEC, or the MEC recommends a suitable candidate who is then appointed on an acting basis for three months. She said once that period is over, council has to ask for an extension.

Ngcobo said a municipal manager cannot be officially appointed until the investigation has been concluded.

“Council cannot officially appoint a new municipal manager until there is a vacant post,” said Ngcobo.

With regards to the R12 million missing from the municipality’s coffers, Ngcobo did not comment stating that she cannot do so while there is an ongoing investigation on the matter.

“Once the investigation has been completed council will then be at liberty to comment on the matter,” she said.

Ngcobo shares the ANC’s chairperson of the Greater KwaDukuza Region, Ricardo Mthembu’s view that the allegations of corruption will not damage the party’s campaign for next year’s local election.

She said the Maphumulo constituency can attest to the ANC’s performance, adding that voters have on several occasions expressed their happiness with the party.

“The people are happy about how the ANC is leading. ANC is delivering and the party makes itself available to the public, as we are speaking (Thursday morning) I am on my way to a prayer to wish matriculants well for their final examinations which begin next week,” said Ngcobo.

She said she is certain that the ANC would emerge victorious in next year’s local elections.

Her retort to Ngidi’s claim that she is a “weak leader”, Ngcobo said: “You cannot point a finger at the mayor and say the mayor has failed. The mayor does not work alone, the mayor does not take decisions alone and the mayor does not have autocratic power. I am not an executive mayor I am part of a democratic council.”

She said if Ngidi says the ANC has failed that would mean council has failed which subsequently means Ngidi is part of and cause of that failure since he is part of council.

“He is part of the executive committee, a body that works collectively, taking decisions to move council forward,” she said.

Ngcobo said that for the past four years council has been issued an unqualified audit opinion with minor issues that had to be addressed. She said that this is evidence that she has played her oversight role as mayor accordingly.

“If I had mismanaged council then council would be under administration according to section 139,” said Ngcobo.

She said that when the ANC took over the municipality in 2011 it found that the IFP had failed to deliver services to the people of Maphumulo.

“We found nothing. There was no electricity, no houses, and we have delivered that to the people and we will continue to do so,” she said.

Ngcobo believes that Ngidi’s comments in last week’s article were made because he is trying to gain political points.

Ngcobo dismissed the claim made by NFP iLembe District chairperson, Themba Mbatha, that Maphumulo locals are overlooked when it comes to employment opportunities within the municipality.

“Out of 20 general workers, all of them are residents of Maphumulo, which means 100 percent of them are locals,” she said. The mayor said most the employees were employed before the ANC won the 2011 local elections.

She lauded the ANC for instituting an investigation into the corruption claims. “I am happy that the ANC is conducting an investigation so that the guilty party can be found and dealt with accordingly.
“If it was up to me the matter would be resolved by now.”

You cannot point a finger at the mayor and say the mayor has failed. The mayor does not work alone, the mayor does not take decisions alone and the mayor does not have autocratic power.

I am not an executive mayor I am part of a democratic council.

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