KZN news bites: Mbali Frazer slammed for matric shindig

Sihle Mavuso brings you all the latest news bites from KwaZulu-Natal.

Durban – The embattled MEC for Education in the province, Mbali Frazer has been slammed for hosting a glittering ceremony to celebrate the province’s matric results five months after they were released. Dr Imraan Keeka, the DA’s spokesperson on education matters in the provincial legislature, says it is particularly shocking after the department’s announcement that the 2024/25 budget allocation is inadequate to cater for all learners that form part of KwaZulu-Natal’s National Schools Nutrition Programme, with the number of learners to be funded reduced by 5%. “How can the MEC and her department host a meet, greet and eat while learners go hungry?” asked Keeka.

Nongoma – Zulu King Misuzulu KaZwelithini has called an impromptu meeting of all traditional leaders in the province. The meeting to be held in Ulundi on Thursday is a first attempt to push back against the Minister for Agriculture, Land Reforms and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza to strip amakhosi of their powers to sign permissions to occupy land. After meeting amakhosi, the King will call an imbizo similar to the one that was called by his late father in 2018 when the government tried to disband the Ingonyama Trust and take over the Zulu tribal land under its care. 

Umzinto – Disgruntled employees of the ANC-run Umdoni local municipality in Umzinto have embarked on an unprotected strike where they are calling for the sacking of the controversial municipal manager, Thabisile Ndlela. The employees spent hours picketing in front of the council offices. This is the latest spat between the employees and Ndlela whom they accused last month of failing to perform her duties and leaving them to suffer the consequences of her allegedly bad management decisions.

EThekwini – Most northern and western areas in Durban have been plunged into a water crisis. It started on Friday at Savanna park near Chatsworth. On Monday it spread to northern areas like Parlock, Newlands East and Newlands West. The ANC-run eThekwini municipality has not explained what is the cause of the latest water crisis to hit these areas. 

Durban – A building owner has been charged for doing unapproved building works at Smart Exchange Building in central Durban. The owner was also charged for employing 19 illegal immigrants during the building process. The Durban Metro police also charged the owner for having no qualified person on site to do the work, thus compromising the quality of the structure. 

Pictured above: MEC Mbali Frazer accused of abusing state funds to campaign for ANC. 

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