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MsunduziThe Mercury reports that the national Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has taken the Msunduzi Municipality to task for spending exorbitant amounts on security and bodyguards for councillors.  

The committee engaged with the municipality last week on a variety of well-publicised problems that have recently plagued the council.  It pointed out to Msunduzi mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla that the municipality’s security costs during the previous financial year, including those relating to the hiring of bodyguards for councillors, amounted to R80 million.  “Apart from eThekwini, no other municipality in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) paid this much for security services. This is an exorbitant amount and is harmful to the municipality’s cost-containment efforts,” noted the chairperson of the committee, Faith Muthambi.  The committee also expressed concern that, in some instances, the municipality allocated bodyguards to councillors without the police conducting a threat and risk analysis.  Current legislation decrees that only executive mayors, mayors and speakers are entitled to two bodyguards.  Msunduzi flouted these requirements and set aside R27.5 million to allocate six bodyguards to the mayor, two to the deputy mayor and 58 bodyguards to 15 councillors.  The committee also opined that spending on security was among the issues contributing towards Msunduzi becoming the subject of regular interventions.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Thami Magubane at The Mercury


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