25th September 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature calls on
the Inter-Ministerial Committee appointed by President Jacob
Zuma, especially IMC on the Prevention and Combating of
Corruption, as well as the Inter-Ministerial Service Delivery
Task Team, to urgently intervene in solving corruption and
service delivery issues in most municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.
"We have raised many instances where
corruption is alleged to be rampant and where there is poor
service delivery but the MEC of Cogta, Nomusa Dube-Ncube is
ignoring these issues. Municipalities like Nongoma, Newcastle,
City of uMhlathuze, uMzinyathi District, uMkhanyakude, Abaqulusi
and Ingwe are some of the municipalities where corruption is
reported to be rampant. It is high time for the
Inter-Ministerial Committees to intervene," said IFP Leader in
the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.
"We want to see these Committees visiting
these municipalities and listening to the concerns of the people
and to come up with effective measures to curb corruption. Those
in charge of running those municipalities must be held
accountable and if found to be guilty they must be charged. MEC
Dube-Ncube is moving too slowly in taking action against those
involved in corruption.
We are of the view that she is doing this
because these are ANC-led municipalities. She is afraid that
exposing corruption in these municipalities will put her party
in disrepute," continued Mr Gwala.
"Furthermore, these committees must have
powers to do a headcount of all municipal employees and their
qualifications must be verified. The issue of parachuting
unqualified ANC people into senior positions in our
municipalities must also be addressed. This has resulted in
tender process corruption and abuse of public funds at the
expense of tax payers who expect efficient service delivery,"
concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL, IFP Leader in the
KwaZulu Natal Legislature, 078 290 5842
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