MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Urgent Action is Needed Against Lazy Councillors

10 March 2014.

  

"Lazy municipal ward councillors, who have been sitting idle in council chambers for three years instead of working with the communities that elected them, must be fired immediately" said IFP spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Peter Smith (MP). 

 

Smith further stated that "More than half of the ward councillors in the Buffalo City Metro in the Eastern Cape have never convened public meetings to report on service delivery issues. Despite not doing any work, these councillors continue to draw salaries every month from public funds - this must be rectified. 

 

"Ward councillor have a duty to report to the community about service delivery issues and budgets as they are the link between the community and the municipality. 

 

"Councillors who do not perform their allotted duties must not receive their salaries because they are not doing their work. By paying them, the government is rewarding their failure" said Smith

 

The IFP calls on the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the Eastern Cape to urgently take steps against all councillors who are not doing their work. In addition, all provincial MECs of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs must make it mandatory for the municipalities to produce a report on the effectiveness of ward councillors.

 

 

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs,

Mr Peter Smith MP, 083 299 9687

  

For Media Enquiries contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675