Gauteng and NW Province

Madibeng under administration?

R62 000 spent on rented cars for mayor

The Madibeng municipality was informed this week that the department of local government had decided to place it back under administration – again.

On Tuesday afternoon the municipal management met with the North West provincial portfolio committee to argue against the decision.

In a motivation document it is amongst other things stated that wastewater treatment plants in Madibeng have compliance rates between 75% and 100% … that while the Rietfontein sewage plant has been pumping sewage into the Hartbeespoort Dam for the past six years.

In the meantime raw sewage (clearly flushed straight from the municipal toilets) is running right past the main entrance to the municipal building and protestors and visitors were stepping in and over the mess.

A councillor on the protest scene on Monday remarked that maybe if the department of local government officials step into the mess, they will realise in what deep …. the municipality is.

At the same time of the municipality’s protest against administration, it came to the Kormorant’s attention that three luxury vehicles were rented for the mayor’s use last month at a cost of more than R 62 000.

According to information the mayor’s new vehicle was allegedly damaged as a result of potholes.

“This fruitless expenditure so that the mayor can drive in luxury while areas like Lethabile and Jericho do not even have water or any services,” proportional councillor Elsa Louwrens said.

“Her vehicle was damaged as a result of the municipality’s lack of service delivery. It should be for her own account.”

Ward councillor Eddie Barlow said it is expenditure like this that warrants the municipality to be placed under administration.

July Khoza, shop steward of SAMWU (South African Municipal Workers Union) said “SAMWU supports administration whole heartedly. The corruption must stop.”

Kormorant
28 June to 4 July 2012

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