SACP concerned about service delivery delays, corruption and infighting in Eastern Cape municipalities

MAY 5, 2015

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday said it was concerned by delays in service delivery, corruption and political fighting in the Buffalo City Municipality in East London as well as in other Eastern Cape municipalities.

“We are concerned by the developments in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) as they put an unnecessary delay on the rendering of service to the populace of BCMM. We view the latest attempts to remove the BCMM Municipal Manager, Andile Fani, without due process as stipulated in the statutes governing the Local Government,” Siyabonga Mdodi, SACP Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson.

“We are of the firm view that the latest decision by a council meeting, in which public was barred from attending as a decisive setback on relative stability that we have seen in BCMM over the years.

“The short circuiting approach is indicative of people who are hell-bent on squandering the resources of the institution for their narrow selfish interests of crass materialism and conspicuous consumption. They have made it their responsibility to remove every person they view as a stumbling block on the immeasurable desire of accumulation.”

Mdodi said that the SACP was calling on the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) to take decisive action on all those who may be responsible for flouting processes in this regard.

“It is becoming a norm in BCMM that people put their personal interests above those of the organization and the people, by so doing put the name of the movement into disrepute and be no recourse. This has happened on the Ernst & Young report, Nelson Mandela Scandal, interference on the appointment of HODs, Removal of Mayoral Committee members, etc,” Mdodi said.

“We reiterate our resolve that the state of local governance in the Eastern Cape requires a close attention from the leadership. The series of corruption accusation in the Nelson Mandela scandal in Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality, King Sabatha Dalindyebo, O.R Tambo District Municipality, arrests in BCMM, etc are an indication of a bad state of affairs in the local state.

“We are resolute that all these challenges require an alliance shared approach to deal with all the challenges in the institutions identified by the alliance as hot spots. The leadership of the alliance in the province must attend to all these challenges and act decisively to reinstate clean governance.”

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