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Clive Ndou
Politics editor
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18 Oct 2021
06:12

ANC slams DA’s R2,7 million guardhouse claims

Clive Ndou

The ANC, which is facing a push back from the DA at uMngeni Municipality, has accused the opposition party of being disingenuous.

The ANC, which is facing a push back from the DA at uMngeni Municipality, has accused the opposition party of being disingenuous.

This is after DA federal leader, John Steenhuisen, had during his recent visit to the area as part of the opposition party’s campaign trail, accused the ANC-led municipality of inflating the cost of the construction a guardhouse at the Curry’s Post Cemetery in Howick.

“The guardhouse is part of the overall refurbishment being done by the municipality at the cemetery… He chose to lie and say the R2,7 million was just for the guardhouse.”
ANC Moses Mabhida co-ordinator, Mandla Zondi.

According to Steenhuisen, the municipality had claimed that the guard house cost more than R2,7 million to construct.

“Within the first year of us taking control of this municipality there is going to be an audit here,” he said.

However, ANC Moses Mabhida regional task team co-ordinator, Mandla Zondi, accused Steenhuisen of being “dishonest”.

“The guardhouse is part of the overall refurbishment being done by the municipality at the cemetery. It’s clear that the DA leader made it a point that the media and members of the public don’t go inside to see for themselves some of the developments inside the cemetery. He chose to lie and say the R2,7 million was just for the guardhouse,” Zondi said.

The ANC was forced to respond to the DA’s campaign portraying the ruling party as corrupt and incompetent after the opposition had mounted a spirited campaign to dislodge the ANC from power at the uMngeni in the November 1 municipal elections.

DA confident of a win

The DA needs to increase the support it received during the 2016 municipal elections in uMngeni by nine percent to dislodge the ANC from power.

DA KwaZulu-Natal provincial leader, Francois Rodgers, said the party would not only win in uMngeni but would also cut ANC support in key municipalities such as Msunduzi.

“DA councillors continue to expose ANC failures, corruption and the rot that has eroded this once proud institution.”
DA leader in KwaZulu-Natal, Francois Rodgers.

Addressing DA supporters during the announcement of the party’s councillor candidates in Msunduzi yesterday, Rodgers said the ANC had let down the people of Pietermaritzburg.

“DA councillors continue to expose ANC failures, corruption and the rot that has eroded this once proud institution.

“Clearly, the ANC have become so self-centered on their own internal factions and what they can gain out of government — they spectacularly failed in their mandate,” he said.

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Rodgers said the party had confidence in its Msunduzi Municipality councillor candidates.

“These are the candidates the party has chosen after a gruelling session of interviews to ensure they were capable of performing their duties to the highest possible standards,” he said.