Inefficient Msunduzi criticised for ‘shifting the blame’ to workers

2017-06-21 14:17
“Workers have a right to complain. They were not paid on time and they complained and now they are being punished for it.”

“Workers have a right to complain. They were not paid on time and they complained and now they are being punished for it.” (File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Opposition parties have lambasted the City after a recent statement issued by Msunduzi Municipality blamed protesting workers for service delivery issues in the city.

Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha on Weednesday issued a media statement saying that all recent power outages and other service delivery issues were believed to have been caused by sabotage.

Since the long weekend, numerous suburbs across Pietermaritzburg have been plunged into darkness as the City’s electricity department embarked on a strike in solidarity with 49 employees who were allegedly suspended last week.

Mafumbatha said the City regretted the “ill-discipline and anarchy” of their workers in the strongest possible terms.

“We have recently put in place mechanisms for accelerated service delivery, with the passing of our credible budget, and the Integrated Development Plan, as well as a comprehensive spatial development framework. We have a sustainable plan for the city, for providing uninterrupted supply of electricity and other basic services,” Mafumbatha said in the statement.

However, opposition parties believe the City management was “only passing the buck”.

IFP executive member Dennis Ntombela said the municipality was trying to “shift the blame” to the workers when problems in service delivery existed “long before” the electricity department’s strike.

“They also cannot say that their budget was credible. We all know what happened with Nersa on the electricity tariff,” he said.

Ntombela said the municipality was suffering a “major problem” in that they were “scornful” towards their workers. “Workers have a right to complain. They were not paid on time and they complained and now they are being punished for it,” he said.

In the media release, Mafumbatha added that communities would see enhanced investments into strategic infrastructure.

She said such programmes, however, required disciplined staff and labour relations stability.

“We have a comprehensive programme for service delivery and we will be building roads, supplying clean water and providing many services,” Mafumbatha said, adding that the municipality was doing “everything possible” to ensure continued and uninterrupted service delivery.

Provincial DA deputy leader Mergan Chetty said the blame for the current collapse at Msunduzi should be laid “squarely at the feet of the factional in-fighting within the ANC”.

Chetty said they expected the collapse as immediately after presenting the budget, the chief financial officer and general managers for infrastructure and community services were placed under suspension.

“The sign of a crippling administration will lead to a domino effect, crippling service delivery.

“The current service delivery strikes, power outages, water shortages and malfunctioning of city services is indicative of a council under collapse,” Chetty said.

He called on the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube to place the City under administration.

“The political and administrative wings have collapsed. The budget is flawed,” he said.

Referring to protesters blocking roads, Mafumbatha wrote: “We call upon all our communities to avoid illegal blockages and [they] must work with the [police] to fight criminal conduct.”

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  msunduzi municipality

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.