The Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Cllr James Nxumalo is disturbed by recent political attacks attributed to Zululand Mayor, Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi during her visit at Madlala Village in Lamontville over the weekend, whereby she allegedly accused the City of being selective.
 
Mayor Nxumalo has described these reports as cheap politicking by kaMagwaza-Msibi in an attempt to gain popularity for her political party, the NFP, ahead of the 2014 National Elections.
 
“It is unprincipled for a Mayor from another Municipality to be encouraging the mushrooming of shacks in our City. This is irresponsible and merely scavenging on the plight of poor people. We view this action as a clear electioneering attempt,” said Mayor Nxumalo.
 
“We would have expected that as a leader of an organisation that is represented in all policy structures of eThekwini Council, she would have raised this matter with us instead of making unsubstantiated statements. This is against the spirit of cooperative governance,” continued Nxumalo.
The Mayor called on people not to be deceived by anyone who encourages land invasion and not to buy Municipal land from unscrupulous people. He said the Municipality is finalising plans to decisively deal with the housing backlog in the City.
 
“We will soon be making a public announcement on our plans to eradicate slums and to do away with transit camps. Human settlements is a sensitive issue in eThekwini, any irresponsible utterances could have a potential to create anarchy,” ended Nxumalo.
 
Last year, the ANC led eThekwini Municipality received several awards in this category, including the Govan Mbeki Award from the National Department of Human Settlements for being the best Municipality in housing delivery.
 
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Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit-11 February 2013 . For more information contact Municipal Spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 082 731 7456 or e-mail Thabo1.Mofokeng@durban.gov.za OR Mthunzi Gumede on 031 311 4855 or 0739896324 email mthunzi.gumede@durban.gov.za