Kingsol Chabalala MPL
DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton and Sebokeng:
The DA is disappointed to learn that corruption within the Emfuleni Local Municipal (ELM) continues unabated.
The recent report of two ELM officials involved in organising entertainment gigs with local music artists and then keeping a certain portion of the profits for themselves is appalling, to say the least.
The music industry is a difficult industry to be in as it is. To add greedy government officials to the mix leaves up-and-coming artists disheartened.
Government officials are assigned to improve the quality of life for the community. Those who do their jobs at the expense of the very community they are meant to serve should be sacked.
This will send a strong message to any other employee of the municipality that corruption will not go unnoticed.
Just a week ago local news reported a case of fraud where an assistant female traffic officer collected up to R 400 000 from unemployed community members. It was alleged she promised hopeful job seekers employment opportunities in the mayoral office, within the human resources department, as acting municipal mangers and as senior managers.
We call on Cooperative Governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo to hold municipal employees who manipulate vulnerable members of the community accountable.
The DA will be submitting written questions to MEC Mamabolo asking whether his department is aware of corruption at the Emfuleni Municipality and whether investigations are being conducted into officials at this municipality.
The DA strongly condemns opportunistic officials who prey on artists and unemployed members of the community for their personal enrichment.