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Ekurhuleni Finance MMC gets the boot

The EFF’s Nkululeko Dunga has been removed as the MMC for Finance in the City of Ekurhuleni.

This comes after Dunga’s two failed attempts to have his proposed annual budget approved by the council, the latest being on Friday during a special council session.

Parties in the council rejected it, saying it needed to be “fine-tuned”.

Former DA mayor Tania Campbell said the party’s contributions were not considered despite being submitted to the MMC’s office.

The mayor, Nkosindiphile Xhakaza, released a statement on Wednesday stating that after careful consideration, he had decided to remove Dunga from his position.

His removal is based on a governance update report that discussed weaknesses in budget handling and a lack of improvement in the City’s financial sustainability.

“In the interim, I have assigned MMC for City Planning and Economic Development Ald, Nomadlozi Nkosi, to oversee the finance portfolio,” Xhakaza said.

“I will in due course, after careful consultations, appoint a replacement in the role of MMC for finance.”

The ANC’s regional task team co-ordinator in Ekurhuleni, Jongizizwe Dlabathi, said the party feels the mayor’s decision is justified because the City still hasn’t approved a budget.

“The budget is a critical tool for implementing the municipality’s programmes, especially those shared by the mayor during his State of the City Address.

“The lack of finances will inhibit the ability to provide sustainable services, and to date, the MMC has not demonstrated reasonable efforts to improve the city’s financial position,” he said.

During his term, four security companies dragged Dunga’s office to court over foul play in a R2-billion security tender in 2023.

In October, he was involved in a multi-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a cyclist.

Pictured above: Nkululeko Dunga, the former MMC for Finance in Ekurhuleni.

Source: Doreen Mokgolo