OPINION: ‘The MEC is out of line’

DEAR Editor,-

Recent threats by KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube – that her department would sanction individual Councillors if they failed to champion certain initiatives – is unlawful.

The MEC made specific mention to the ANC’s failed “Back to Basics” campaign when levelling this threat.

The MEC is completely out of line.  In terms of legislation, she may not punish individual Councillors. In fact, she many only place an entire municipality under administration under Section 139 of the Constitution and not under any party policy. The move may also only take place if a municipality does not fulfill its executive obligation in terms of the Constitution.

The DA regards the MEC’s remarks as reckless and we expect her to withdraw them. The bottom line is that she has no right to expect DA Councillors to promote ANC agendas or policies within municipalities.

A high level of performance by Councillors is the backbone of any strong municipality and that is precisely why the DA has its own stringent performance management standards for Councillors across all the wards that we were elected to serve in this province.

The DA will not be pushed into toeing the ANC’s party line. If ANC policy is not making a difference in KZN municipalities, then the ANC should raise its concerns internally.

The DA will continue to work tirelessly to bring positive change to the lives of people across our beautiful province. We do not need the ANC to tell us what to do.

GEORGE MARI, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on COGTA

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