Stop infighting, Mtubatuba councillors told

2015-05-21 17:37
Nomusa Dube. (File)

Nomusa Dube. (File)

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Durban - Newly elected councillors of the Mtubatuba municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal were urged to halt the infighting that saw it placed under the administration of the provincial government.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube, who was speaking at the inauguration of the new councillors on Thursday, said: “We urge the new councillors not to disappoint the trust of the local people and conduct their council business and oversight with utmost seriousness and responsibility.

"We have no wish for a repeat of the political infighting we saw in this municipality up until this year. We will not take kindly to any breach of the fragile stability Mtubatuba is enjoying today.”

The Mtubatuba council, which was ruled by a coalition of the ANC and the NFP, was dissolved earlier this year amid continued infighting and placed under the administration of Dube’s department.

“We are all aware of Mtubatuba’s special circumstances. Only a few months ago, the municipality’s financial situation was dire, with a negative cash balance. This has now been changed and with greater stability in the municipality.

"We, however, wish to continue with our intervention so as to ensure continuity and stability and to give the new councillors time to familiarise themselves with the systems that have been put in place here to prevent Mtubatuba from sliding backwards,” said Dube-Ncube.

At the recent by-elections held on May 7 the ANC garnered 18 seats, the IFP 15 seats and the NFP two seats. The African Independent Congress, the DA and the EFF secured one seat each in the newly elected council.

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