Tardy councillors under scrutiny

Ward 10 councillor Andile Mkhize.

DESPITE a stern warning from the Kwazulu-Natal MEC, there are claims that councillors still turn a blind eye to issues affecting their communities.

MEC Nomusa Dube Ncube said recently that non-performing councillors would have to ‘forfeit their salaries’.

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One councillor is even being accused by his own colleagues of smelling of booze at meetings.

Port Edward Ward 1 councillor Dorica Mthuli has come in for a roasting from her constituents who claim she goes into hiding whenever there are water problems.

Marie Swanepoel, of Port Edward, said she tried to get hold of Cllr Mthuli during the festive season water crisis, but in vain.

Ward 1 councillor Dorica Mthuli.

Ward 1 councillor Dorica Mthuli.

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Cllr Mthuli replied that she ‘was not mobile’, hence she could not attend to every problem in her ward.

She is not the only councillor is said to be lacking in enthusiasm.

Ward 10 councillor Andile Mkhize was accused of ‘lying’ and ‘making empty promises’ to community members.

They said Cllr Mkhize promised jobs and free RDP houses to unemployed youths, but failed to deliver. This so angered some members that they allegedly manhandled him at one point.

However, Cllr Mkhize dismissed these claims. He told the Herald that a project steering committee would be chosen to ensure that jobs would be allocated fairly when houses were being built in the area.

“I don’t have powers to employ people. Why would I go around making such promises?”

In Gamalakhe (Qinabout), Ward 28 councillor, Mzwandile Hebert Mncube allegedly ‘drinks like a fish’ instead of calling public meetings.

Even fellow councillors said Cllr Mncube turned up at council meetings intoxicated from time to time.

“I feel so sorry for the speaker who has to deal with these issues. His term will be a tough one. Most of these councillors are like black sheep,” said a councillor who wished to remain anonymous.

The Herald also received a letter of complaint from community members about Cllr Mncube.

Ward 28 councillor Mzwandile Herbert Mncube.

Ward 28 councillor Mzwandile Herbert Mncube.

Municipality’s spokesman Simon April said they were aware of these issues.

“The office of the speaker had already dealt with complaints regarding Cllr Mthuli. The speaker has also investigated allegations against Cllr Mkhize, They were found to be untrue. Allegations against Cllr Mncube have not been established yet.”

He urged all those who had complaints against their councillors to contact the office of the speaker.


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