UDM KwaZulu-Natal on deeply concerning issues in the uMzinyathi District

1. Endumeni Municipality

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), has noted the worrisome news that was published by the Independent Newspaper’s Daily News on 16 October 2018 re: “Forensic report uncovers rampant corruption at Endumeni Municipality”.

After this, it was reported on 22 October 2018 by the Northern Natal Courier that the Endumeni mayor had resigned, with a further report on Tuesday 23 October 2018 by the same newspaper that the “Hawks swoop[ed] on Endumeni Municipality”.

We applaud the KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube and the Hawks for their swift action. However, the MEC is cautioned to always be impartial and to, accordingly investigate all issues reported to her.

The UDM KZN encourages both the DA and the EFF to put the Endumeni community first as the new mayor is bound to be elected. The MEC’s stated fraud, corruption and maladministration as well as the irregular, unauthorised and fruitless expenditure in Endumeni happened under their watch as they had a hand in the election of both the mayor and the speaker of this council. These two parties must clearly display their stance on thievery, corruption and maladministration by abstaining when the new mayor is elected.

2. Msinga municipality – Pomeroy

Pomeroy is the only proclaimed town under the Msinga local municipality, but it remains the least developed town.

The UDM-KZN encourages all three levels of government to be sensitive in terms of the development of Pomeroy to unlock its potential as the economic hub of this municipality. The required infrastructure are things like water, sewerage systems and electricity lines suitable for a town. In that process, many jobs will be created, and it will contribute positively in reducing the 98% unemployment level in the area.

The municipality is encouraged to locate some of its offices/departments in Pomeroy, such as a library, traffic and licencing departments, as well as a town-planning department. Provincial government should build schools, colleges and establish social development offices in town and national government is encouraged to open a home affairs office.

Upon these levels of government spearheading such moves, the rest will follow.

Mr Boysey Gumede
Interim Provincial Secretary