Community demands removal of councillor

2016-11-02 06:01

SAKHAMKHANYA (Ward 1) residents handed over a memorandum of demands to KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu during a community meeting on Sunday, 30 October demanding that ward councillor Dumisani Ndimande be removed immediately.

Residents claim he is corrupt and “has overstayed his welcome” as he became councillor of the area in 1996, reads the memorandum.

“His mismanagement, as you might remember, has led to rampant service delivery protests in recent months,” reads the memo.

Among the reasons the community claim justify their call for his removal, is that they have been kept in the dark regarding a housing project in the area.

“Ndimande and his cabal has [sic] kept the community in the dark about the ongoing housing project in the Sakhamkhanya area. Nobody knows why SMADA, a contractor, was terminated. Nobody knows which company was appointed to replace SMADA,” the memo reads.

“Meanwhile, it has been learnt that SMADA, which is dissatisfied with the termination, took the municipality to the Durban High Court. From well-informed sources they won the case. All these revelations have been swept under the carpet by the councillor,” the memo claims.

Residents also claim that houses are being built for individuals who never applied for housing and were never on the beneficiary list.

“No list of beneficiaries was issued to the members of the ward committee to determine whether the right people are benefitting,” the memorandum states.

The memorandum further alleges that Ndimande employs people in return for sexual favours and that in some instances overlook locals for employment opportunities.

The community says that they are not pleased with the previous ward committee and in its memorandum appealed that it is not re-elected as it had been incompetent.

“They [ward committee] have failed to hold the councillor accountable. Instead, they danced to his tune. These are the same people who endorsed the township development for Sakhamkhanya during the Housing Tribunal hearing in Ballito in 2012,” the memo reads.

The community is demanding that a suitably qualified locally based contractor be appointed as the implementing agent of the housing project in order to create jobs for locals and that the project manager also be removed.

“We can’t have a situation where the project manager, who is not from KwaDukuza in the first place, doubles as the implementing agent. This is tantamount to corruption and fraud. We therefore, call for the termination of TP Ngcobo and Associates as project manager and implementing agent,” the memo demands.

Residents claim that the road infrastructure programme currently being rolled out in the area­ is encroaching on private premises due to the councillor's failure to consult the affected families.

The memo states that the community is willing to take legal action if their demands are not met.

The KwaDukuza Municipality had not responded at the time of going to press.

After the recent local government elections, opposition parties in the area lodged complaints with the Independent Electoral Commission over the employment of IEC officials and how elections were conducted in Ward 1.

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