Pietermaritzburg was once one of the best run municipalities in the country, but the situation has deteriorated so badly over the past few years that KwaZulu-Natal provincial capital city is on the brink of financial collapse. So dire are the finances of the ANC-run Msunduzi municipality that it was placed under administration on Tuesday by KZN co-operative governance & traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube after the governing party leaders acknowledged it was no longer able to lift itself out of its financial doldrums.  The ship has been sinking for some time in the provincial capital, which has been plagued by service delivery problems, lack of infrastructure maintenance, and waste removal and water delivery issues. Roads around the city have been crumbling with piles of rubbish being dumped everywhere without being removed.  Surrounding townships have gone without water for weeks. According to a local community newspaper, the last available financial records reveal that, as o...

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