Delayed electrification sets Khutsong ablaze

Ina Cilliers MPL

DA Constituency Head: Merafong:

Residents of Khutsong south, ext. 5, near Carletonville, have taken to the streets, burning tyres and blockading roads over the non-electrification of RDP houses in the area.


Over a thousand RDP units in the area are still without power – despite owners taking occupation more than three years ago.


This is another example of how residents in Merafong have been forgotten by the ANC-led municipality.


In the third quarter of this financial year, only 21% of Merafong’s R294 million capital budget had been spent, and it is likely that residents will continue to suffer at the hands of an uncaring government.


In February of this year, I called on the Gauteng MEC for Local Government, Jacob Mamabolo, to institute a provincial intervention in terms of Section 139(1)(b) of the Constitution and to place Merafong under provincial administration.


To date, there has been no move to by the MEC to take the matter in hand.


As a result of this inaction, the DA has moved to petition for the removal of the Mayor and Municipal Manager before the situation is beyond fixing.


This petition has so far collected 6 000 signatures and is rapidly increasing.


If no action is taken soon, residents of Khutsong ext. 5 will continue to remain on the periphery of society.