Tue. Nov 24th, 2020

Researchers reveal Nkandla is “one of the worst places to live” in South Africa

Nkandla Jacob ZumaJacob Zuma may be having a great time in Nkandla, but the other residents are besieged by poor service delivery and undesirable living conditions.

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When you think of Nkandla, the first images that come to mind are dominated by a certain former president. Jacob Zuma has built his sprawling homestead in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal, but what’s good for the goose isn’t necessarily good for the gander.

Msholozi may have got his fire-pool and countless other opulent features, but the actual municipality itself is on its knees. The Good Governance Index was launched this week and it assesses municipalities on their service delivery, economic growth and the competency of their elected officials.

Nkandla gets panned by Good Governance Index

The worst-run municipality is in KwaZulu-Natal and it is ruled by the IFP. Msinga props up the table, with a lowly 213th-place performance. The ANC then complete this “relegation zone”, registering three more municipalities – Umhlabuyalingana (KZN), Ntabankulu and Port St. Johns (Eastern Cape) – in the bottom five, which is rounded-off by Nkandla.

There may be a few of you unaware that Nkandla is actually an IFP-run municipality. But it is severely lacking when it comes to giving its residents prosperous and desirable living conditions. In fact, both they and the ANC are responsible for 20 of the worst-performing municipalities:

List of worst-run municipalities in South Africa:

(All municipalities run by ANC unless stated)

  1. Msinga, KZN – IFP
  2. Umhlabuyalingana, KZN
  3. Ntabankulu, Eastern Cape
  4. Port St. John’s, Eastern Cape
  5. Nkandla, KZN – IFP
  6. Matatiele, Eastern Cape
  7. Engcobo, Eastern Cape
  8. Mbizana, Eastern Cape
  9. Umzube, KZN
  10. Nquthu, KZN – IFP
  11. Ndwedwe, KZN
  12. Maphumulo, KZN
  13. Mbahashe, Eastern Cape
  14. Ratlou, North West
  15. Greater Taung, North West
  16. Thembisile Hani, Mpumalanga
  17. Makhuduthamaga, Limpopo
  18. Nongoma, KZN
  19. Jozini, KZN – IFP
  20. Nyandeni, Eastern Cape

Elsewhere, the DA came up smelling of roses from this report. They are responsible for 15 of the top 20 municipalities, with Mossel Bay in the Western Cape topping the log. Something Alan Winde – the DA’s candidate for the premiership in the province – was all too happy to talk-up:

“This is a fantastic achievement and bears testament to the DA’s proven track record in governance and service delivery roll out across South Africa. Where the DA governs, we work hard to keep our promises.”

Alan Winde

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