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
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative
Governance and Traditional Affairs,
Mr Peter Smith MP, 083 299
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