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'Don't destroy state property'

By Mhlaba Memela | Mar 01, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

SOUTH African National Civics Organisation president Ruth Bhengu has lashed out at community members and workers who trash government facilities to demand better service delivery.

Bhengu said it was wrong for people to destroy government structures when they demanded better service delivery.

"There is something wrong and we need to do something urgently. It's not correct for people to burn tyres and destroy government facilities.

"When people need clinics, it does not give them the right to trash other structures built by the same government they are demanding better service delivery from," she said.

Bhengu said workers had no right to litter "our streets when they need government to meet their demands".

She was speaking at Woodburn Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday during the reburial of the remains of Johnny Makhathini.

Pietermaritzburg has graduated from the cleanest to a filthy city in KwaZulu-Natal, following a week-long strike by workers of Msunduzi municipality.

Rubbish is piling up in the city's streets after workers downed tools on Wednesday, calling for mayor Zanele Hlatswayo to be sacked.

The Inkatha Freedom Party said it supported the strikers, who are calling for Hlatshayo's head and the disbanding of the municipality'sexecutive committee.

KwaZulu-Natal legislature and IFP member Lionel Mtshali said the ineptitude of Msunduzi municipality had reached new heights, with revelations that the municipality's debt had swelled to close to R600million.

He said the time had come for heads to roll. He also called for the sacking of municipal manager Rob Haswell, who has been on leave for weeks.

Two weeks ago corporative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomsa Dube revealed that the municipality had cash for only a week for its operations.

Dube also appointed a team of chartered accountants to drive a turn-around strategy for the municipality. The team is expected to report back after three months.


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