ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
27 September 2016
 
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DECISIONS
 
Mayor Sets The Record Straight and Calls for Investigation on New Mayoral Fleet and Office Renovations Rumours
 
EThekwini Municipality Mayor Zandile Gumede has expressed grave concern and disappointment about the circulating of false allegations that a new Mayoral fleet has been purchased and her office is undergoing renovations.
 
In a special Executive Committee sitting that was held today, 27 September at City Hall, Gumede said: “In view of the widespread fabricated reports about the Mayor's new fleet and other accusations which are absolute lies, I have mandated the Council Speaker William Mapena to lead an investigation to get to the bottom of this matter.
 
“I want justice and for my name to be cleared. I want people who are responsible for spreading these lies to be brought to book. They must explain where they are sourcing these untrue statements from and necessary action be taken against the paddlers of these untrue rumours,” she said.
 
In future, Gumede urged people to follow proper channels and get facts instead of spreading malicious lies.
 
She further added that, such reports impact negatively on the newly elected Council leadership and the entire Municipality. “It erases all the good work that has been done to achieve a clean audit report,” she said.
 
However, Gumede stated that they remain unshaken and their commitment to priorities service delivery still remains.
 
Gumede further reassured ratepayers that it is still business as usual and these negative reports are not preventing Council from fast tracking service delivery because eThekwini is indeed a “City in Motion.”
 
ESTABLISHMENT OF WARD COMMITTEES FOR 2016-2021
 
To reinforce her commitment to accelerating service delivery, Mayor Zandile Gumede has mandated Deputy City Manager for Governance and Human Resources Cluster, Sipho Cele and Speaker William Mapena to establish ward committees in all 110 Municipal wards.
 
“These must be up and running by the end of November this year as Ward Committees also play a big role in identifying the needs of our people in each ward so that we are able to implement interventions in response to those needs,” she said.
 
The Ward Committees were established in 2013 to assist members of the community to understand how the Municipality works and to enhance their participation at ward level.
 
The democratic dispensation promotes the people’s active involvement in the governance processes so they may help shape their own destiny.
 
Ward Committees in every ward conduct meetings to address the challenges that face their respective wards. This assists in improving service delivery to communities, as Ward Councillors are accountable and held responsible by the Office of the Speaker.
 
The responsibility of the Speaker and Chief Whip is to oversee all Council committees and to ensure adherence to Council processes.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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