Durban - Newly announced eThekwini metro mayor Mxolisi Kaunda’s first order of business should be to clean up corruption within the administration and to ensure that service delivery is restored, the Inkatha Freedom Party said.
"Ridding the municipality of former mayor Zandile Gumede was the first phase in restoring order in eThekwini. The task at hand now for the new mayor should be to focus solely on ridding the entire municipality of the rot and corrupt activities which have transpired for far too long," IFP KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Thami Ntuli said in a statement.
"While we welcome the new metro mayor, we remain extremely concerned that the entire administration within eThekwini, which has remained unchanged, will not be able to effect the necessary changes required to speed up service delivery."
Residents, who had borne "the brutal brunt of political fighting and poor administration", were becoming increasingly impatient with the slow pace in which services had been delivered.
The IFP had earlier this month proposed to the KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive council that eThekwini be placed under administration. The IFP structures had also led protest action against the former regime within the municipality.