Mayor of King Cetshwayo Municipality Defends R6m Water Project

The hectic and fierce political rivalry between the IFP and the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal rages on.

At the heart of the schism is the power swap in the King Cetshwayo District Municipality which is now controlled by the IFP having amassed power in the 2021 municipal elections.

The district, which is the seat of local councils such as uMhlathuze Town, uMlalazi, uMfolozi, Mthonjaneni and Nkandla, is KwaZulu-Natal’s second largest economy. It was previously ruled by the ANC.

Last week, what should have been an exciting time for villagers who for years had been reduced to walking life-threatening distances in search of water turned into a political frenzy.

The ANC wasted no time and fired a volley and accused the IFP of embezzlement of public funds. The case also went viral on social media.

But on Tuesday, the district mayor, Thami Ntuli, did nothing, saying the ANC was on an election campaign to tarnish the image of IFP-ruled municipalities.

“We will not be derailed by a party that failed to satisfy the citizens of this district and they were rejected,” Ntuli said.

“The 6 million rand was good value for money and includes the whole project and not just a borehole as described by those who during their tenure were unable to provide water to the people .”

Ntuli was speaking to residents of the village of eMkhandlwini outside eMpangeni on the north coast at the launch of agricultural cooperatives, an initiative aimed at tackling high unemployment rates in the village.

“We will aggressively deliver services to areas that were previously underserved. Key to this is providing water and inculcating a culture of self-reliance by encouraging agriculture with a focus on rural youth and women.

The cooperatives also received a kick-start from various agricultural supports to begin their work.

The district will once again be the center of attention with a by-election to be held in Ward 12 of the local municipality of Mthonjaneni on Wednesday. The outcome will have a major political implication on who governs the council which is currently under the IFP.

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