Local Government MEC washes hands of the crisis in Merafong

Ina Cilliers MPL

DA Constituency Head for Merafong

Yesterday I asked oral questions to Gauteng MEC for Co-Operative Governance, Jacob Mamabolo, regarding recent media reports which point to maladministration in the Merafong Municipality.

In response to my questions, the MEC pleaded ignorant to R28 million spent on ghost contractors, and was supposedly unaware of the alleged misconduct involving George Seitisho; the current acting municipal manager that was seconded to Merafong by the MEC’s own department.

In fact, according to MEC Mamabolo, Merafong is not in crisis and does not need a turnaround strategy. This, in spite of forensic reports indicating widespread irregularities, wasted public money and unethical human resource practices.

The DA finds this dismissal unacceptable, and will furnish the MEC with all the relevant documentation to ensure that he can no longer claim ignorance in this matter.

Further, the DA will request that the forensic reports by Phandahnu Consulting and Rebahale Consulting are released to the party for further scrutiny.

We will continue to use any and all oversight tools at our disposal to ensure that the people of Merafong are not undermined or ignored by government in such a way.