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DA submits motion to remove Mthatha mayor Dumani Zozo over alleged 'state of chaos'

Apr 18, 2019
DA submits motion to remove Mthatha mayor Dumani Zozo over alleged 'state of chaos'

Democratic Alliance has also requested a Special Council meeting to debate the motion of no confidence in Mayor Dumani Zozo

Mthatha - The Democratic Alliance on Thursday announced that it has submitted a motion for the removal of the King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Dumani Zozo.

"A protracted strike by municipal workers of the King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality has left Mthatha in a total state of chaos," described DA Eastern Cape leader, Nqaba Bhanga.

"Rubbish is piling up in town and sewage running in the streets since workers aligned to the South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) and Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) workers intensified their strike action over the past three weeks."

Bhana said that Mthatha, the economic hub of the eastern part of the province, "has been turned into a filthy war zone because of the uncaring attitude of the failing ANC government and a lack of leadership by the KSD Mayor, Cllr Dumani Zozo".

DA claims that the KSD Municipality is failing residents under Dumani Zozo

He said that on Monday, the DA, led by Phesheya KweNciba Constituency Leader, Chantel King, and DA KSD Caucus Leader, Cllr Raymond Knock, submitted a letter requesting a No Confidence Motion in Mayor Zozo to the office of the Speaker of Council.

"We have also requested a special council meeting be convened 14 days after submission of the letter for the motion to be heard in council," Bhanga said.

"Mayor Zozo has failed to address the concerns of the workers and residents of Mthatha and they have lost all faith in his leadership.

"It is imperative that the mayor is removed as a matter of urgency and new leadership elected to steer KSD in the right direction.

"The Municipality is experiencing a financial crisis which has led to a collapse in basic service delivery.

"The failing ANC government and its failing mayor does not care about the economy of Mthatha and the health and safety of the people."

Bhanga said that all South Africans have the right to a safe and healthy environment, "but the residents of Mthatha are being denied this and robbed of their dignity".

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