The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it would challenge the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) government’s plans to build new houses for iziNduna in that province.
The DA spokesperson for Finance in KZN, Francois Rodgers, said this was yet another glaring example of wasteful expenditure on the part of the provincial government. The figure being bandied about is in the region of R15-million and Rodgers is not convinced that the iziNduna in question add enough value to governance in the province.
Rodgers explained that other infrastructure projects in the province had suffered because of this.
According to Rodgers the houses for iziNduna are listed as “Community Service Centres and Imizi Yesizwe” with the following individuals earmarked as recipients:
Inkosi VT Ngcobo with a house to the value of R2.4-million; Inkosi Mkhize Mbotho whose house has an estimated value of R4.6-million; Inkosi Zulu and Nyawo with a value of R5-million and Inkosi Mabaso with a house estimated at R3-million.
It is no secret that the backing of traditional leaders remains key to the ANC’s dominance of rural South Africa during the elections. Rodgers said that this was clearly a case of the ANC buying votes.
“The DA is stunned by this revelation. Not only are these figures shocking, they are further proof of the ANC’s self-serving motives and the underhanded lengths it is prepared to go to in order to attract votes,” added Rodgers.
“While the DA is not oblivious to the societal role played by traditional leadership, we are against the provincial funding costs that come with it, especially when service delivery is seriously compromised.”