The DA has written to the KZN MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Nomusa Dube Ncube requesting her urgent intervention in Msunduzi as per Section 139 (1)(b) of the Constitution before this municipality collapses completely.

The MEC is well aware of the problems in this municipality. Not so long ago, the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Willies Mchunu, had to intervene in Msunduzi due to an electrical crisis which is alleged to have been caused by disgruntled employees.

The MEC is also aware that two months ago staff members did not receive their salaries on time, leading to a disruptive strike.

It is known that Msunduzi is operating on a deficit and have resorted to using its reserves just to keep afloat. Yet in the meantime, the leadership of this municipality saw it fit to sponsor a local PSL team with a whopping R30 million for the next 3 years.

Decisions like these are a slap in the face of the taxpaying citizens. How do you explain this decision to a ratepayer who has been without water and electricity for days?

It is also appalling to hear that the municipality is in the process of approving a further R3 million sponsorship for the Jazz Festival for the next 3 years – another fruitless and wasteful expense on an event that is not the Council’s responsibility.

The DA is also concerned about the current contract extension of the controversial acting Municipal Manager Sizwe Hadebe. The attempt to regulate the extension of his contract is irregular in terms of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act. It is a known fact that his initial appointment was shrouded with controversy and has been questionable ever since.

All of these challenges and maladministration, unfortunately, boils down to services not been delivered to the people.

The incompetent mayor together with his officials have failed the people of Msunduzi. It is for this reason that we request the MEC to intervene as a matter of urgency.

The DA wants to see Msunduzi restored to its former glory and stability and we will not stop until this happens.