Under the rule of eThekwini municipality mayor Zandile Gumede, Durban is falling — that is according to a group of protesters, mainly members of the DA and IFP, who staged a picket on the steps of the Durban City Hall on Tuesday morning. The DA has said the municipality was gripped by a crisis‚ citing the loss of 17 senior managers in 11 months‚ the purchase of armoured vehicles worth R20m‚ R2.2m spent on a cancelled social cohesion conference‚ R3m spent on metro police dogs and R68m overspent on the Essence Festival, as examples. The party also accused the mayor of deliberately hiding internal audit reports from the executive and full council. DA party caucus leader Zwakele Mncwango said they would "defeat the cancer of corruption" and the ongoing "looting of public funds" in the municipality. Mncwango said the DA was sick and tired of the looting of public funds in eThekwini — the city should be boosting investment and attracting investors. "We are facing an arrogant mayor. The AN...

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