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We extend our greetings to the members of the media. Our press briefing follows two-days of engagement by the Provincial Officials and PEC members.
From the onset, we wish to indicate that the PEC is encouraged about the state of the organization.
We are satisfied about the level of coherence and unity behind a clear programme of action which is steeped in service delivery across all regions and structures.
In short, the organization is stronger and seized with the responsibility of delivering to its people.
Performance of the Deployees of the ANC
As we meet this morning, the activist legislature under the African National Congress begins its two-day sitting in Ugu District Municipality.
Members of the Executive Council will account directly to the ordinary members of society about service delivery in their respective departments.
We pride ourselves as the only organization that is running an Activist Legislature that has strong oversight responsibility over the executive.
Since ascending to power in 2004, as the ANC we created a platform for dialogue through sectoral parliaments for the people by hosting the senior citizens, youth, the disabled, women, workers in the Legislature and open discussion with the leaders in government.
This improved communication and helps people to table matters for attention and seek solutions in matters of service delivery.
Yesterday, members of the Executive Council visited wards in Umhlathuze Local Municipality to assess service delivery as part of Operation Sukuma Sakhe.
This culminated into an interaction with more than 5000 community members at Umfolozi TVET.
Communities complained about the corruption and collapse of service delivery in the IFP run Umhlathuze Local Municipality. They pointed out that they had nobody else to turn to other than the ANC government.
The ANC government will continue to ensure an integration of all government departments and to ensure a clear focus on solving community problems on the ground, starting with areas of abject poverty, with the objective of making a difference.
Notwithstanding the challenges expressed by communities about Umhlathuze Local Municipality, we remain satisfied about interventions in the wards that were visited. Issues of rollout of human settlements, road infrastructure, provision of seeds and mechanization to emerging farmers as well as job creation will receive top priority.
In this meeting, the PEC assessed the performance of its deployees, especially at national level. We concluded that our deployees are implementing the resolutions of the ANC as a governing party.
In particular, we note progress made by Cde Bheki Cele in his capacity as the police minister and law enforcement agencies in dealing decisively with proliferation of drugs at the Durban Port.
The PEC believes that the discovery of drugs with a value of more than R70 million at Durban Port by law enforcement agencies is a step in the right direction. This is in addition to the bust and recovery of about 378 bricks of cocaine with an estimated value of R1,3 billion at the very same Durban Port.
The PEC has welcomed the firm hand used by the South African Police Service (SAPS) against criminals who have been terrorizing communities in Inanda. An integrated approach involving intelligence officers, Hawks, National Intervention Unit (NIU) and private security is in line with the resolutions of the ANC adopted during our Lekgotla held in February this year. Delegates adopted a resolution focusing on ensuring a Crime Free Society where all communities feel safe.
eThekwini Infrastructure Upgrade and Grant Expenditure
On the so called unspent Municipal Disaster Management (MDRG)
It is now important that after interacting with the City, the true reflection regarding this grant is as follows:
“The R1.53 billion from the Municipal Disaster Management Grant for the flood damages was only received on 16 March 2023. National Treasury did acknowledge that the rollover for MDRG is linked to the disaster funding. In terms of the grant framework the municipality has 12 months to spend the grant.
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Issued by The ANC in KZN