On Thursday the 21st of January Democratic Alliance caucus leaders from across KwaZulu-Natal as well as the Provincial Spokesperson on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs will be meeting to discuss and engage on important issues facing municipalities in the Province.
The meeting has been called to discuss and tackle the universal issues facing local councils. Most municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal are in dire straights with many under some form of national or provincial intervention. In addition to this, the mismanagement of Covid-19 funding, endemic and systemic corruption and incapacity as well as political infighting have crippled service delivery: affecting both lives and livelihoods.
The agenda includes, but is not limited to;
• The failure of municipalities to properly plan for infrastructure maintenance
• The declining state of local economies due to service delivery failures
• The increasing burden being placed on rate and fee paying residents by incapable municipalities
• Inconsistencies in the application of legislation such as the Municipal Property Rates Act
• The effects that poor governance is having on the poor and marginalised
• Mounting debt owed by provincial and national departments
• The dire need to intervene in water provision
• The dysfunctionality of Municipal Public Accounts Committees
Where the DA governs there is no doubt that service delivery improves, corruption is rooted out and people have access to more opportunities. Time and time again the DA has proven that at a local government level we are the undisputed champions of good governance and service delivery: confirmed by the Auditor General and numerous government departments.
The IFP and ANC have failed the people of KwaZulu-Natal both in municipalities and in the provincial legislature. The DA will not sit back while communities suffer under incapable governments. We will be intensifying the campaign for improved service delivery, transparency and accountability across KwaZulu-Natal.
The outcomes of the meeting will be communicated with the public and the media.