Mnquma Municipality needs urgent intervention

The only way to resolve the current chaos in Mnquma municipality is to have fresh elections so that the people can vote for a government that will work for everyone.

Violent factional battles culminating in gun shots coupled with a possible R5 million payout to municipal manager, Sandile Tantsi, will destroy service delivery in Mnquma municipality.

The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, must take urgent steps to resolve this ongoing political dispute.

Tantsi will allegedly receive a whopping R5 million payout. This will drain municipal coffers.

The same municipality has to pay costs for losing a court battle against the municipal manager.

Funds cannot be used to fight power battles while service delivery declines. For example, a road construction project in extension 15 was neglected leaving road users in a very difficult situation.

If the municipal manager was unfairly and unlawfully dismissed, he must escalate this dispute to the Local Government Bargaining Council where he’ll submit an unfair dismissal complaint.

Certain councillors are allegedly receiving conflicting text messages from former Speaker, Zibuthe Mnqwazi and newly elected Speaker, Zenzile Gade. This is causing immense confusion amongst councillors.

This ongoing political storm is taking its toll on service delivery in a municipality that was one of the worst performing municipalities in 2016 according to the Government Performance Index (GPI).

The preoccupation with personal gain diverts attention away from the needs of the people. This cannot be tolerated!

The DA is calling on MEC Xasa to intervene urgently. If he cannot resolve this conflict, he should dissolve the council and call for fresh elections.

In a well-run DA province, this dispute would not have escalated to a level where violence erupts. –Veliswa Mvenya MPL, Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance