Umhlathuze Mayoral House will escalate to R20 million of public funds

Democratic Alliance media statement by Zwakele Mncwango, MPL

DA KZN Premier Candidate

Umhlathuze Mayoral House will escalate to R20 million of public funds


The oversight inspection by the Democratic Alliance in uMhlathuze Mayoral Mansion construction site revealed that the building project could escalate to an estimated R20 million, against the City’s R5.5 million budget.

In March this year, the DA wrote to the Municipal Manager, Dr Sibeko, to sought answers on the tender not being specifically categorised as a mayoral house and later defined as tools of the trade. The DA in the uMhlathuze Caucus also raised concerns on the budgeting as building construction consultants estimated the project to escalate to anything above R20 million when the city set aside R5.5 million.
With a budget of R20 million, uMhlathuze Municipality could have built 111 low-cost homes at a cost of R180 000 each. A caring government would have built these homes for the poor and underprivileged.
The DA will therefore write to the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube kaNcube, to investigate the matter further as we feel that the ANC is detached from the challenges faced by residents of the city. Noting that the site was initially zoned for high-density housing and could have put up a number of family units that would benefit residents.
At this rate, the already cash-strapped Umhlathuze Municipality will dip into more financial constraints which will affect service delivery, especially for the poorest of the poor. Come the 2019 General Elections the residents of uMhlathuze have the chance to voice their concerns at the ballot box and vote for a government that has their interests at heart, not the interests of the connected few.
A vote for the DA is a vote for change. Change that will unite all South Africans and will create fair access to real and long-term jobs. Residents have the chance to play an active role in their lives by voting for a caring DA government.
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