‘Don’t just blame the ANC,’ Ndlela tells councillors

2015-08-27 09:05
Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at the media launch of the State of the City address yesterday.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at the media launch of the State of the City address yesterday. (Kailene Pillay)

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DO not blame the ANC for problems in the city just because it is convenient to do so.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela said this yesterday while responding to his fellow councillors after their debate on his State of the City address.

Although Ndlela did not respond to every issue raised during the opposition parties’ debate last week, he said that opposition parties “must realise we are a collective” and blame should not be placed on one political party.

“We cannot, for convenience, blame the ANC for problems. We as councillors collectively took an oath when we were sworn into council in 2011 and we have an executive committee. So we as councillors are all responsible for the running of the municipality together,” said Ndlela.

He was responding to an insinuation made last week by the DA that the city went under administration because of the ANC.

“I remind [DA councillor] Vic Winterbach of his opening words that the job of the opposition party is to oppose. So if there is nothing to oppose, do we create things to oppose?” asked the mayor.
Ndlela said councillors should work towards uniting people and building a nation.

Responding to Minority Front councillor Radhia Bee Singh’s remarks, the mayor said Singh created an impression that councillors are misinformed or deliberately not informed.

“Singh said that councillors in the northern suburbs don’t know how to respond to residents’ questions. Who are these councillors, as we should not generalise. The speaker must follow up as these councillors are either ill-informed or not doing their job and reporting back to their communities,” he said.

Ndlela also responded to IFP councillor Dennis Ntombela’s claim that certain areas were being sidelined when it comes to service delivery and infrastructure.

“The areas Ntombela is referring to are not the only areas that affected. Our delivery is based on the needs and resources of that community. We go out of our way engaging with different communities but it is also the job of the ward councillors to hold community meetings and report back to the council.”

The mayor added that he was impressed with the positive input by opposition parties and agreed that “we should all police each other”, but also stressed that councillors should work hard to assist each other.

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