The African National Congress (ANC) is currently investigating the qualifications of senior managers and the performance of councillors in KwaZulu-Natal. The party leaders are in a meeting to evaluate the performance of the provincial structure, and Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula stated that the party will not ignore any issues facing the province. Mbalula mentioned that the reason for a Section 154 intervention in eThekwini is that residents and businesses owed the metro billions of rands.
Mbalula said that the ANC will scrutinize reports on the qualifications and performances of senior managers and councillors to ensure proper governance in the province. He further explained that the party would focus on the challenges in eThekwini since it is the largest metro that the ANC governs through a coalition. He also stated that there have been many challenges that have been raised, and the ANC would examine them closely. The party aims to govern well and intervene where there are challenges.
Mbalula also mentioned that load shedding was one of the key topics of discussion during the meetings. He added that the ANC would not ignore issues, and there would be no holy cows or sweeping things under the carpet. Additionally, businesses and residents who did not pay rates have contributed to the backslide of the eThekwini metro into a Section 154 intervention.
Finally, the ANC revealed a recently resigned DA councillor and 99 other members in the eThekwini region ahead of a critical by-election in Ward 73. However, the DA leader in the province, Francois Rodgers, stated that the party did not recognize the hundreds of former DA members. The ANC will be represented by Ronnie Pillay, one of those who left the DA, during the by-election.
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