By James Masango MP, DA Mpumalanga Leader and Political Head of Govan Mbeki:
Today, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Mpumalanga led a march to Govan Mbeki municipal offices, in Secunda against the municipality’s failure to prevent Eskom from cutting power to the municipality.
Led by DA provincial leader James Masango, he DA marched to the municipal offices in Secunda to hand over a memorandum to the Municipal Manager Mmela Mahlangu, demanding that the MM and Mayor meet urgently with Eskom to set a robust repayment plan, to keep the lights on.
This comes after Eskom announced that it will cut bulk electricity to 20 municipalities as a result of the huge municipal debts.
This will be grossly unfair to all the people of Govan Mbeki municipality who have paid their accounts and are up to date with payments.
To date we have not heard of any arrangements made by this municipality to avoid bulk electricity cuts.
Eskom did announce that 10 municipalities have made arrangements to pay their outstanding accounts, and Govan Mbeki is not one of them.
In the memorandum, the DA demanded that:
- That the Municipal Manager and Mayor meet urgently with Eskom to set a robust repayment plan, to keep the lights on; and
- For the Mayor to launch an investigation into the financial affairs of the municipality.
Leadership must prevail and action should be taken immediately to prevent this. We cannot afford to drag the economy of this municipality and that of the Province down and hamper the lives of our people even further due to the municipality’s incompetence.
A motion was tabled by DA councillor NC van Huyssteen at a council meeting recently requesting the municipality to engage Eskom as a matter of urgency. (Click here to see motion)
The DA has given the municipality 14 days to respond to our demands.