10 February 2013
“PLACING municipalities under administration
does not help them in any way, instead it slows down municipal
activities and leads to communities receiving poor service
delivery,” said Honourable Inkosi Bonga Mdletshe, Shadow MEC for
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
The KwaZulu Natal MEC for Cooperative
Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube has placed a
number of Municipalities under administration, namely Mtubatuba,
Imbabazane, OKhahlamba, Indaka, Msunduzi and uMhlabuyalingana,
due to malfunctioning caused by either financial mismanagement
or poor management.
The IFP has reviewed the MEC’s move to place
municipalities under administration, and has noted that although
some have been known to recover once they have been placed under
administration most of these municipalities have not, or
it has taken too long for them to recover.
“The MEC needs to find another strategy to
help municipalities that are failing to cope with municipal
operations. What is
ironic is that the recent municipalities that have been placed
under administration are municipalities that are under the
ANC-NFP coalition which means that the problem might be in the
leadership,” said Honourable Inkosi Mdletshe.
The IFP is calling for the MEC, who will
allegedly on Tuesday also place Abaqulusi Municipality under
administration after poor management of the Municipality by
political heads, to allow the public to at least decide on
municipal leadership if the present leadership is failing.
Honourable Inkosi BN Mdletshe
Shadow MEC for
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs