INAUGURATION OF THE ZULULAND
DISTRICT MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
COUNCILLOR INKOSI MZAMO
MAYOR OF ZULULAND
DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY
Ulundi: 1 September
As we begin a new chapter in the Zululand District Municipality,
I wish to congratulate our Members of the Executive Committee, our
new Speaker and Deputy Mayor, and all our Councillors. This is the
team that will lead a new chapter of service excellence.
I appreciate the opportunity given to me by my Party, the
Inkatha Freedom Party, and by my President, Prince Mangosuthu
Buthelezi, to lead the Zululand District Municipality. I intend to
fulfil the responsibility placed on my shoulders with integrity and
excellence, for these are the hallmarks of the IFP.
As I take the helm, I remain acutely aware that this is a
position of service. The IFP believes in servant leadership. This
resonates with me, for I am a traditional leader. I was born into
public service, and I have served in whatever capacity I am called
upon to fulfil. I come here from the Provincial Legislature of
KwaZulu Natal. So my service to the people simply continues, on a
I am proud of what my Party has accomplished, not only in
restoring integrity to governance, but in serving this District for
several decades. On the mandate of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi,
leaders have worked in this municipality to ensure the delivery of
basic services, like water and sanitation, to set in place
infrastructure that serves the needs of development, and to drive
programmes of social and economic development.
Year after year, this Municipality received an unqualified audit
report from the Auditor General. The IFP laid a solid foundation in
Zululand. Our values were at the heart of this Municipality, and
those values have proven to be unshakable.
Through the will of the people, the IFP has been restored to
leadership. The people of Zululand asked us to lead, and lead we
will, with excellence. We will strengthen the commitment to good
governance that we laid at the foundation of this Municipality
years ago. We will fulfil our promise of being a leadership the
people can trust.
I want to remind our Councillors of the commitments you made
when you asked the electorate for their vote. I intend to hold all
our Councillors accountable in this Municipality. I expect us all
to subscribe to the ethos of being available, honest and
We have entered a partnership with all the people of Zululand.
We have a responsibility to keep the lines of communication open,
listening to our people and engaging a conversation on their needs
and aspirations. We serve more than a million citizens. Let's get
to know them.
I want to assure the staff of this Municipality that we are
committed to maintaining stability. I know that our work cannot be
done without the invaluable support of a strong team, from
administrative and technical staff, all the way to the CFO, Heads
of Departments and Municipal Manager.
There is no reason to fear job losses on the basis of politics.
But I must warn you that we intend to clean house in terms of
inefficiency, poor work ethic and corruption. We will deal with
this decisively wherever it is found.
There is just no space for waste, abuse or mismanagement. Across
South Africa, municipal governance is inadequately funded. We will
therefore need to work strategically, and with great care, to make
the best use of the municipal budget. But that is what the IFP
does. We know how to do a lot with a little. And because we don't
tolerate corruption, every cent that is spent delivers on its
To enhance the municipality's success, we will strengthen our
relationships with traditional leadership, stakeholders and
business, ensuring that everyone is able to make their contribution
towards a shared good outcome.
This is particularly important for local economic development
and youth development, which will be two cornerstones of our work
going forward. Local entrepreneurs must be at the centre of
development initiatives. We must pursue bursary schemes, and bring
youth on board in the tourism industry. Employment generation is a
As we do this, the basics cannot be neglected. There is a crisis
in our District brought on by drought. It is a simple reality that
the budget for solving this problem is too small. So again we have
to work better with what we have. And wherever savings can be made
elsewhere, more will be freed up to get water to where it is
We have to stop up the gaps. In the water tanker project, for
instance, there are cases where contracts are given to people who
lack the capacity to deliver. Undoubtedly, we need to upgrade water
works, drilling emergency boreholes in every municipality.
There is another challenge that we have faced for so many years
that it has somehow lost traction. I believe our fight against
HIV/Aids needs to be placed high on the agenda. Within the next few
months, I intend to meet with business people, religious leaders,
NGOs, health workers, traditional leaders and all stakeholders, so
that together we can come up with a workable strategy.
At the launch of our election manifesto, the IFP made a very
practical promise. We promised to task our mayors with making
provision in municipal budgets to get sanitary products to all
school girls who cannot afford them. We want to restore dignity to
our young women and protect their right to education. As the new
Mayor of Zululand, I commit to start this project immediately, with
a needs assessment.
Colleagues, a great deal of work lies ahead of us. My vision for
Zululand is simply to ensure that the lives of our people are
better at the end of my term of office, than they are today. I
invite you to join me in this noble pursuit.
I thank you.