The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has accused several municipalities of fruitless and wasteful expenditure during a press briefing on Tuesday, 28 March 2023.
The accusations were made following a two-day Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting, where a report from PwC on the state of municipalities was presented.
ANC Provincial Secretary Bheki Mtolo stated that “we have resolved that the ANC government must act where we identify the collapse of good governance in some municipalities. It is, however, true that our interventions have been rather too late in some instances.”
To address the issue, the ANC has mandated the Treasury and Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) to conduct an assessment of the status of all 54 municipalities. The party also plans to work with the Auditor General’s office to support the municipalities and improve municipal audit outcomes.
The ANC also plans to develop a turn-around strategy for provincial government and municipalities. The PEC has mandated the ANC government to intervene and take away certain powers from municipalities where transgressions have occurred or where criminal investigations have taken place and those suspected of wrongdoing have been charged.
Furthermore, the IFP-led municipalities have been accused of high levels of irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure, with ANC spokesperson Moloi declaring that “all are led by the corrupt IFP.”
In response, the IFP has called on the ANC to provide evidence of corruption and to look at the municipalities run by their own party before making such accusations. “If the ANC has proof of the IFP being corrupt, they should go to the SAPS,” further said IFP KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Thami Ntuli.
He additionally pointed out that before the ANC used the word corrupt, they should rather wait until investigations were conducted and there was actual evidence.
“Also, while there is room for improvement in certain municipalities, the ANC should look at the municipalities run by their party before making accusations against others,” declared Ntuli.
Speaking with a few KZN residents, the ANC’s move to mandate an assessment of local municipalities and their claims has been met with mixed reactions. Some believe it is a proactive step to address governance issues, while others argue that the ANC should focus on its own municipalities and the years of corruption before accusing others.
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