Durban – A group of ratepayers in KwaZulu-Natal want their own town, own flag and to be excluded from the Mtubatuba Municipality.
The decision by the St Lucia Ratepayers’ Association from the tourist town has split the community along racial lines.
St Lucia’s 500 residents currently fall under the Mtubatuba Municipality – a local government entity that has been under provincial administration for three years due to financial mismanagement and maladministration.
But ratepayers have had enough and now want greater autonomy. They are in the process of getting a mandate from their members. They’re also in the process of drawing up their own flag.
Ratepayers association chairman Rudi Redinger said: “St Lucia is in the heart of a World Heritage Site and provides the major accommodation component for visitors to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
“In order to preserve it as a preferred eco-destination, the town has to be maintained with all services fully functional to meet tourists’ expectations. The ratepayers’ association’s objective is to ensure this happens with clean municipal governance and transparent accounting for collective rate contributions…
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