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."
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative
Governance and Traditional Affairs,
Mr Peter Smith MP, 083 299
media enquiries contact:
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr
PhendulaniBiyase, 073 24 5675