Municipalities Must Act on Their Promises

19 November 2013    


"It is shameful that Msunduzi levies rates to certain communities without any commensurate improvement in the services they receive", said IFP MP Peter Smith. This was in response to reports that the community of Shayamoya 2 endures much the same level of non-delivery of basic services as it did under the apartheid state.


Many previous ratepayers are so disgruntled that they have stopped paying rates altogether.


Yet the cash-strapped municipality, "which appears not to mind that people are cooking on paraffin stoves and have to endure un-tarred, potholed roads" is able to prioritise mayor Yusuf Bhamjee and deputy mayor Thandiwe Zungu, sharing 16 bodyguards at an annual cost of R1.2 million".


Msunduzi, said Smith, "should not think it is exempt from the wave of service delivery protests sweeping the country. It needs to pull up its socks."



Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs,

Mr Peter Smith MP, 083 299 9687


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