The South African National NGO Coalition (Sangoco) said a vibrant and active civil society is needed to put an end to “political anarchy” in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
Sangoco said it was concerned with a spate of service delivery protests and political infighting which has gripped the city in the past few months.
On many occasions, mayor Zanoxolo Wayile had asked for the intervention of the provincial and national government in a bid to curb the unrest in the city.
The coalition convener, Mongameli Peter, said it was true that aggrieved communities in the city had expressed themselves around the indicated services including the need for houses and other community amenities.
“However, for some inexplicable reason there are still no concrete plans to respond to this service delivery challenge.
“The only exception is what is in the public domain, which is that municipalities continue to be owed huge sums of money by the province.
“This is a matter that, in itself, defeats the cooperative governance and as a consequence compromises service delivery to the deserving people of this metro,” said Peter.
“For any meaningful service delivery to take place we need a breed of administrators who are creative, development-orientated and inspired while supporting the breed of strategic thinking and class conscious political leadership.
“Particularly those who are at the helm of council executive and those in executive positions elsewhere in government,” Peter said.
He said active civil society organs, which would be able to attend council and standing committee meetings so as to monitor proceedings in these meetings, “means to literally keep our politicians under constant check to see whether they deliberate on issues that matter most to the communities.”
Wayile told The New Age last week that the city had learnt its lesson from the protests and that it was beginning to attract more investments for job creation.
He said working with the civil society and other stakeholders was key for stability in the city.