The newly inaugurated Premier of KZN, Sihle Zikalala, has assured millions of rattled eThekwini and Newcastle residents that they will continue to get municipal services due to them even after the abrupt suspension of their mayors.
Zikalala was responding to questions from the media on the sidelines of the first cabinet lekgotla for the sixth provincial cabinet which is expected to be in office for the 2019-2024 term.
The suspended mayors are Zandile Gumede of eThekwini metro and Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba of Newcastle in norther KZN.
Zikalala says they would, as the provincial government, use the period of these suspensions to address several issues like non-collection of waste in Umlazi, eThekwini's biggest township with over 1 million people.
In May, eThekwini had also to quell a labour unrest sparked by an irregular upgrading of salaries of former combatants of uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) by the metro's authorities.