Growing calls for City’s administration

Exasperated local councillors and residents have called for the Msunduzi Municipality to go under administration following continuous substandard service delivery in the city.
A joint community feedback meeting held by wards 36 and 37 councillors, which covers Ashburton, Bellevue, Cleland, Epworth, Hayfields, Hollingwood, Lincoln Meade, Meadows, Mkondeni, Pelham and Scottsville, highlighted infrastructural and billing issues, and problems with budget processes.
Sandra Lyne, ward 37 councillor, told Public Eye that several key issues were raised during the vigorous discussions last Wednesday, but what was recurrent was that residents want answers.
“Residents want to know where all the money is going, if not towards services delivery,” said Lyne.
She added the calls to put the city under administration were justified and a “necessity”. “I was a councillor during the previous administration and currently we are far worse off now,” said Lyne.
In 2010, Msunduzi Municipality was under administration when the City became cash-strapped and unable to pay employees.
Now opposition parties have said the City is already under technical administration after a team from the MEC of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs office arrived on Tuesday, during a finance committee portfolio meeting, to map out a financial recovery plan.
“Political implications have come into play; Cogta is concerned with the embattled municipality because of the problems that might occur in the 2019 elections,” said DA Councillor Jerome Majola.
Scottsville resident, Mark Shutte, agreed the city should go under administration, citing that service delivery is unsatisfactory.
“Electricity is a problem. The week doesn’t end without black-outs, and if black-outs do not happen, the bills are incorrect. We just need order. Maybe if the municipality is under national government’s authority, life in our city would be better,” said Shutte.
Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson, Ntobeko Ngcobo, said the team was there to assist the municipality in developing a financial recovery plan. “This entails strengthening the council’s ability to enhance revenue collection, improve processes and systems to increase efficiency and thereby improve service delivery.”
Cogta spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela, confirmed that, despite rumours, the municipality was not under administration and the department is “intervening to its fullest”.
“The allegations in the media in general that Cogta is doing nothing while the municipality is facing difficulty are not true. MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube is working very hard to assist the municipality and all other municipalities to ensure they perform their service delivery functions optimally,” Mayisela said.

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Bongeka Sibisi
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