Urgent intervention is needed in collapsing uMgungundlovu District Municipality

Issued by Cllr Ross Strachan – DA Executive Committee Member in UMgungundlovu District Municipality
06 Jul 2020 in Press Statements

The recent flag by Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu on uMgungundlovu District Municipality as the worst-performing municipality in KwaZulu-Natal substantiates our call for this municipality to be placed under section 139 (1) (b) of the Constitution.

The District is failing to execute its basic obligations to provide consistent service delivery. Umgeni Municipality faces days without water and the number of bursts water pipes that are being experienced due to old, unmaintained and dilapidated infrastructure is overwhelming. The technical services teams are really trying their best, but without support and capacity, it proves to be an impossible task.

The same is faced in uMshwati Municipality. Wartburg residents are left without water for days on end. Residents have to wait for water tankers to arrive to relieve the situation, if and when they are available. Councillors are forced to become 24-hour customer care lines, as the call centre is completely dysfunctional.

Last week the Auditor General flagged the uMgungundlovu District Municipality as the worst-performing District Municipality in the Province. This has been the case for almost 2 years now, and there has been no intervention.

It is plagued by financial mismanagement, maladministration and corruption of the highest order. The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has been deployed and have failed to break through the rot.

The poor leadership from the governing party, the ANC,  has forced the municipality to collapse under a corrupt administration that seems to be protected by senior politicians.

Money that should have been used for the betterment of our people who reside under this District, has been wasted on irregular, wasteful, fruitless expenditure and large costs to irregular, irresponsible legal matters.

Yet the existing and rapidly depleting rate base must continue to pay, with the burden growing exponentially under very difficult economic conditions.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls for action by Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Sipho Hlomuka for an immediate, long-overdue intervention in the uMgungundlovu District Municipality.

The ANC government continues to fail to execute the most basic of mandates, especially in this current State of Disaster.