The co-governance set-up in Endumeni must be carefully managed to ensure that the values of the Democratic Alliance are not compromised.
Sizwe Mchunu, DA’s Constituency leader in the area, said the party would ‘expose corruption wherever it rears its head and chop off that head’.
Speaking at the Dundee DA branch annual general meeting, Mr Mchunu said the DA welcomed the proposal by its two Councillors at Endumeni that a forensic probe be done to ascertain if there has been any corruption.
“We are in co-governance here with the IFP and EFF… these arrangements are tricky because all three parties have different values. We do not want to compromise our notion of the DA being the ambassadors of democracy and good governance.”
He saluted Councillors Raubenheimer and Dr Bedassi who serve the DA at Endumeni and acknowledged that they had played a leading role under sometimes difficult circumstances.
“To our concern, despite us continually raising this matter as urgent, there has been no will shown to actively interrogate this serious state of affairs.”
Earlier, Anthon Raubenheimer, who was again elected branch chairman, gave a rundown to delegates of the events since August 2016 when the co-governance set up took over from the ANC.
He cited the decision to bring back suspended municipal manager, TP Biyela, earlier this year as a turning point. He said there had never been any agreement to drop charges against Mr Biyela only weeks before his drawn-out case would have been concluded.
He added that the DA had continually called for a probe into the ‘huge rates hike that had caused an outcry in town… because of the formula used to rate properties’.
“To our concern, despite us continually raising this matter as urgent, there has been no will shown to actively interrogate this serious state of affairs.
“We need to re-look at the formula during the mid-year adjustment budget process or businesses will simply be crippled as rates increases in excess of 130% are untenable.”
Mr Mchunu told guests that continual friction within the ANC, both provincially and nationally, was disruptive for the entire country and impacted negatively on the economy.
“The DA will continue to play its role as active ambassador of democracy to ensure South Africans get the government they deserve.”