eThekwini councillors are spoilt – DA's KZN leader

2015-12-11 18:51
Newly elected KwaZulu-Natal DA leader Zwakele Mncwango. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Newly elected KwaZulu-Natal DA leader Zwakele Mncwango. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal DA leader Zwakele Mncwango said on Friday that eThekwini councillors were spoilt.

He said this after council decided to book accommodation at Umhlanga’s Protea Hotel for 35 councillors attending the South African Local Government Association Games at the weekend.

Mncwango described it as wasteful expenditure because all the councillors live in eThekwini.

The games, which began on Friday, are taking place at the Stanger Recreational Grounds, about 80km from the city centre.

Mncwango said: "This is just another paid holiday for the councillors. Why do they need to be booked into a hotel when they live in eThekwini.

"If they wanted to be closer, then they should have booked for themselves because they can afford to, and not use taxpayer’s money."

He said R1.3m was set aside for accommodation of athletes and those attending the games.

"I raised this matter and made an objection around July when it first came up in exco, my view was that we should accommodate athletes, not councillors. There are no councillors participating in the games," said Mncwango.

He said he and other DA councillors would drive to Stanger every day.

Mncwango wrote a letter to eThekwini Municipality Speaker Logie Naidoo on December 10, requesting that he cancel the accommodation, but Naidoo said it was too late.

Naidoo said: "The matter was decided by the health and social service committee in October and at that stage it was already too late to make an objection because it had already gone to full council."

Naidoo confirmed that 35 councillors had been booked into Umhlanga’s Protea Hotel.

"Some will be participating and others will be supporting the athletes."

Naidoo wondered if Mncwango’s complaint was genuine.

"We went for the cheapest hotel. I don’t think it is wasteful expenditure," he said. 

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