eThekwini first female mayor, Zandile Gumede has been bashed for serving her audience a ‘cut and paste’ speech at her inauguration.
Gumede got on the nerves of opposition parties on Tuesday after she downloaded familiar mayoral promises, made by her predecessor, James Nxumalo and presented it to the house.
Maddened by the subterfuge, DA leader, Zwakele Mncwango, categorically emphasized that Gumede presented “nothing” new, as it was so apparent that “she cut and pasted the speech of James Nxumalo.
Speaking also, a member of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Mdu Nkosi, concurred with Mncwango’s assertion, stating that Gumede’s mayoral speech was the same message Nxumalo presented during his budget speech.
Zandile Gumede’s mayoral speech was ladened with lots of promises. Therein, she promised to consolidate the work of the outgoing council and accelerate service delivery by cleaning up streets, repairing roads with potholes, installing electrical devices that would foster regular power supply to households and business centers.
Effective housing policy, Health and safety, water and sanitation facilities were also promised, including the reconstruction of shacks, informal settlements, and other structures.
She added: “All new houses will comply with the National Home Builders Registration Council standards. The city would crack down on corruption, and tackle the problems surrounding municipal buses.
I am excited about some of the mega-projects that are already up and running, including the multibillion-rand northern and western water aqueducts. These will ensure a steady supply of potable water in areas of concern.”
She further promised to install wi-fi infrastructure in the city and work with provincial government, the Passenger Rail Agency Of South Africa, in order to construct a high-speed train from King Shaka International Airport to Bridge City and the inner city.
Gumede clinched 124 votes to beat Gumede, DA’s Zwakele Mncwango while ANC’s councillor Lekgoa Mapena was elected Speaker of eThekwini council after he knocked off DA candidate Warren Burne with 131 votes.