It is time for MEC Dube-Ncube to go

Democratic Alliance media statement by  Mergan Chetty, MP

DA KZN: Umsunduzi Constituency Head

 

It is time for MEC Dube-Ncube to go

 

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs, Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube, should immediately tender her resignation as she has been unable to find a permanent solution to the crisis of governance in the province.

The MEC has adopted a factional agenda instead of addressing the very serious problems in Nquthu, Utrecht, Umzinyathi, Ugu and uMsunduzi municipalities.

For the MEC, much like Jacob Zuma, the ANC comes first, ahead of the residents of this province.

The latest admission by the former UMsunduzi Municipal Manager, Mxolisi Nkosi, that he was fired for supporting the losing camp during the ANC’s Provincial Congress has vindicated our position that his initial suspension was as a result of factionalism within the ANC.

The haste with which the MEC recommended an investigation into UMsunduzi Municipality acted as a smokescreen to justify her faction’s preference to remove Mr Nkosi, who by his own admission was part of the dethroned Senzo Mchunu’s camp.

By using her position and political influence to ‘deal’ with people who are opposed to her, the MEC has shown that she has no interest in fostering good governance in failing municipalities.

An opportunity has now presented itself for Premier Willies Mchunu to do the right thing and place the interest of residents ahead of his ‘comrades’ by recalling MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

It cannot be right that despite the challenges that Msunduzi municipality is facing, the ANC sees fit to extend the contract of current acting Municipal Manager’s term even though the DA exposed his dubious credentials and irregular appointment.

The DA will ensure that the welfare of Msunduzi residents is not be held to ransom by ANC factional battles. The MEC has failed the people and should now resign.

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