South Africa: Putting Eastern Cape Municipalities

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According to the IFP, the issue of underperformance and infighting among ANC councillors in a number of Eastern Cape municipalities has been overlooked for too long and putting these municipalities under administration is overdue.

IFP local government spokesman Mr Peter Smith decried the sad fact that "instead of the ANC's local leaders setting a good example and doing what they should be doing and in the case of councillors, doing what they are paid to do, the ANC's municipal leadership and local party leadership are at loggerheads. This is impacting very negatively on service delivery and is forcing the province to intervene."

That the governance crisis is centred on the economic drivers of the province is even worse, he said, because "when you get this wrong, the whole of the province suffers."

Buffalo City Metro mayor Zukiswa Ncitha, is at loggerheads with her municipal manager Andile Fani, as are Nelson Mandela Metro mayor Zanoxolo Wayile and his ANC regional boss Nceba Faku. Instead of tackling outstanding issues such as lack of water, proper sanitation and electricity, which need to be addressed urgently, municipal leaders are too busy fighting each other and their party.

Smith said that "if the councillors are not doing their job or are incapable of doing it, they should vacate their seats and make way for those who are willing to work, while on the other hand, the ANC should ensure that its local structures stop trying to micromanage municipalities whose representatives have a mandate to govern."

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