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Mayor and MEC in standoff over flood victims

By Celani Sikhakhane

The plight of flood victims in Durban is far from over, as a squabble between the eThekwini mayor and MEC for Public Works and Human Settlement is delaying the allocation of accommodation.

It is alleged that Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda and MEC Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba are at loggerheads over the purchase of a building to accommodate flood victims.

Scrolla.Africa has learned that Kaunda rejected funds from Public Works to buy Montclair Lodge, a building in Montclair, north of Durban, which is owned by Transnet.

It is not clear exactly how much the department offered the mayor’s office, but the mayor reportedly told Mahlaba that it will be costly for the city to maintain and pay rates and taxes for the building.

This is said to have caused rifts between Kaunda and Mahlaba. Mahlaba was quoted on 1KZN TV venting his anger against Kaunda.

“Kaunda knows nothing about the issue of flood victims. I tried many times to call him to meetings but he never answered my calls. The only thing he loves the most is to go with the media to flood victims and take pictures just to show off,” raged Mahlaba.

The Department of Public Works and Human Settlement spokesperson Mbulelo Baloyi said they are still working on the purchase of the building to accommodate flood victims.

eThekwini Metro spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said that they know nothing about this issue and they never rejected any funds.

Pictured above: Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda reportedly rejected funding to buy Montclair Lodge to house flood victims

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