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.
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