The MEC for COGTA in the Eastern Cape, Zolile Williams has noted the worrisome political changes in Nelson Mandela Metro Municipal (NMMM) Council as these continue to destabilise the institution. The MEC said it is in his interest to see stability restored in the Metro.

“The abrupt political changes do not translate into quick service delivery to the residents of Gqeberha. Although this is a democratic process for political parties to change allegiances, this should not subordinate the interests of the people of Gqeberha at the altar of subjective political interests,” said MEC Williams.

MEC Williams believes that the amendment of Section 12 of the Municipal Structures Act 117 of 1998 in respect of the Metro is the ‘only solution that may bring about stability to the municipality.” The amendment is not aimed at advantaging any political party but is an attempt to have a functional Municipal Council but above all, to help the leadership to focus on taking services to the residents of Gqeberha.

“My main concern is more about the capacity of the municipality to deliver services to the people, for now, it is difficult to be certain whether services are being delivered seamlessly due to political parties looking at their own interests than to take services to the people of Gqeberha,” said MEC Williams. End.

Issued by Cogta Eastern Cape.

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