The ANC in the Nelson Mandela Bay region has accused MEC for local government Mlibo Qoboshiyane of being the chief reason why the Nelson Mandela Bay metro is “underperforming” .
This came during a media briefing at the regional structure in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
“We are particularly disturbed by the manner in which MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane has made interventions in the metro, the most significant and notorious of these is on the secondment of the acting municipal manager, Themba Hani,” said ANC regional secretary Zandisile Qupe.
Qoboshiyane appointed Hani in December 2011 as part of a support team to help restore stability to the administration of the metro.
The appointments were made in terms of section 154 of the Constitution, which states that national and provincial governments, by legislative and other measures, must support and strengthen the capacity of municipalities to manage their own affairs, to exercise their powers and to perform their functions.
“Because of Hani’s incompetence, the MEC’s false assistance, and mayor Zanoxolo Wayile’s intent to plunge our metro into chaos, the metro is sliding to a qualified audit,” said Qupe.
Qoboshiyane hit back yesterday at a press conference held in Port Elizabeth, saying: “We are not going to remove our foot from the accelerator – we are here to ensure efficiency and to give support to the metro to build better communities.
“We note the statements issued by the opposition parties in the council and by the ANC’s regional executive committee.
“Section 154 is not a mistake for our municipalities, this is a well thought out intervention to help rescue municipalities when the need arises.”
He said all he wanted was for the metro to respond effectively to the needs of the people by closing existing service delivery gaps.
“Meeting the needs of our people in our communities is what must occupy all of us as leaders. We don’t believe we made a mistake by supporting the Nelson Mandela Bay.
“It is our constitutional responsibility to ensure that all our municipalities deliver on their mandates,” Qoboshiyane said.