eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has gone on the warpath with the city’s Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Zwakele Mncwango; after the latter launched a scathing attack on her.
Mncwango launched the attack on Gumede in a press statement; where he asserted that the mayor’s new Whatsapp water reporting line initiative was a “celebration of her first salary”.
He also accused the mayor of refurbishing her office with ratepayers’ money. Not only that, Mncwango alleged that Gumede increased the number of her bodyguards and bought a new mayoral fleet after she was sworn in as the city’s mayor.
“Indeed, in the last 30 days, she has bought a new vehicle fleet, started renovations on her office, hired more VIP bodyguards, used metro police as personal security instead of allowing them to enforce by-laws, and ditched the finance and procurement committee. This is a mayor that puts herself first and the people of eThekwini last,” Mncwango maintained.
In response, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede downplayed the “frustrated” councilor’s allegations. Speaking in the statement, the metro slammed Mncwango’s baseless allegations.
The city claimed that his allegations clearly shows that he is uncomfortable with the Whatsapp Reporting Line initiative, including Gumede’s 30-day report – which embodies progress made by various departments in the city in the past 30 days.
The statement also denied that the mayor acquired cars with ratepayers money, neither did she renovate her office, as alleged by the city’s opposition leader.
eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede Under Fire Over Costly Funeral
Meanwhile, the eThekwini Municipality is currently under fire after it emerged that the municipality forked out a whopping R761 150 for the funeral of President Zuma’s most vocal supporter Don Mkhwanazi.
The funeral cost of the businessman came to light after an item containing the expenditure was presented to the city’s executive committee (Exco) on Wednesday.
In the said item, it was recorded that the municipality lavished R761 150 on hiring the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre for a day.
Infuriated at the amount of money spent on Mkhwanazi’s funeral; DA Caucus leader, Zwakele Mncwango, slammed the municipality for using public funds to support a public funeral of a businessperson.
Suspecting a shady deal, Mncwango asserted that the money must be accounted for since Mkhwanazi died before the election recess; and R500 000 was earlier requested for his funeral.
When pressed for details on the high cost of hiring the ICC for a day and for a breakdown; eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and eThekwini municipality manager, Sibusiso Sithole requested for the matter to be postponed so officials could write a report on it.