Underspending Hinders Service Delivery

 28 October 2014.

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal is concerned about the failure by some municipalities in the province to spend their municipal budgets, after a dismal picture of the state of several municipalities was revealed in the KZN Legislature.

"In spite of our well founded concerns regarding expenditure against approved municipal annual budgets, we are troubled that there still appears to be no genuine willingness on the part of the ANC/NFP coalition governing in these municipalities to heed our many warnings in this regard. Poor leadership has led to poor planning by the administration," said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala,MPL. 

"Underspending on the capital budget is simply unacceptable; not only to the IFP, but to each and every resident of this province. How many bucket toilets could have been eradicated with this unspent money, and what infrastructure upgrades and maintenance could have been done that would have eased the daily burden of so many of our residents who struggle as a result of the slow pace of service delivery?" continued Mr Gwala. 

"We view the continued under-spending with a great deal of concern, particularly given the fact that there are many areas that are still in desperate need of service delivery and given the magnitude of our infrastructure and maintenance backlogs. This issue needs decisive action," concluded Mr Gwala. 

Given the financial mess in most ANC/NFP run municipalities, they would be well advised to sort out their own problems before attacking the IFP when it raises concerns about the state of poor service delivery in the province. 

 

Issued by:
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842

For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675