PIETERMARITZBURG - Parties across the political spectrum have welcomed the decision by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube to place Msunduzi Municipality under administration.
The decision was announced by Dube-Ncube at a closed council sitting on Tuesday and follows an outcry over the standard of governance and near collapse of service delivery at the municipality.
ANC Moses Mabhida regional task team convenor Thulani Xulu said they welcomed the decision and expressed confidence the intervention would yield the desired results. "What is important is that the MEC is bringing a team of officials including an administrator and this we hope will bring much needed stability and capacity which is needed at the municipality," said Xulu.
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Zwakele Mncwango questioned the timing of the move, saying they had long called for decisive action on the ANC-led municipality. "Today’s briefing by Cogta, before an emergency special full council meeting, has vindicated the DA. It is now beyond doubt the DA was correct [when it last week stated] that Msunduzi had been placed under administration by the KZN cabinet," said Mncwango.
It was disappointing, however, said Mncwango, that the MEC had opted against dissolving the council.