DA calls on KZN COTGA MEC to directly intervene in Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma municipality

Issued by Cllr Victor Phoswa – DA Councillor in Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality
09 Sep 2019 in Press Statements

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The Democratic Alliance in Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality will write to the KZN Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) MEC, Sipho Hlomuka, requesting that he directly intervenes in the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality, as provided for under section 139(1)a of the Constitution, following the ongoing leadership crisis under Mayor Cllr Patricia Mncwabe.

Service delivery protests broke out in the municipality in August 2019 as residents accused Mayor Mncwabe’s administration of poor infrastructure maintenance, sporadic social services and heightened corruption.

Even as the DA acknowledges the concerns raised by residents, we strongly condemn any form of violence and the destruction of public property.

The mayor’s response has been more of the same, empty promises and no solutions for the long suffering residents.

The ANC has repeatedly shown that its focus is on retaining power and rewarding ‘comrades’ with public largesse.

Last week, a scheduled community meeting in Ward 9’s Nkwezele Primary School became another check-box exercise where the Mayor and her team were evidently unprepared. The failure to chart a way forward on service delivery issues, resulted in residents threatening to continue with the protest action until their grievances are addressed.

Residents are demanding answers to the 10-year long delay in a water project that has yet to see the light of day. There is also no communication on long-overdue housing projects and the rehabilitation of the deteriorating road and economic infrastructure.

The current state of the municipality is compromising economic development, disrupting the tourism sector and contributes to the growing unemployment rate. The DA’s call for the removal of the mayor is to ensure that the plight of poverty fueled by corruption comes to a halt.

The ANC has removed a Mayor in eThekwini it must also remove Mayor Mncwabe because she has failed in her duties in this municipality.

The DA will continue the fight for good governance and ensure that residents are at the centre of service delivery and not the connected few.