Fred Nel MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs:
The Randfontein municipality, indebted to Eskom for an amount of R81m, has managed to strike a deal to pay off the debt over 27 months in instalments of R3million a month.
While this will come as a relief to the residents of Randfontein, who were faced with the possibility of being disconnected as a result of the municipality’s debt, the fact remains that the ANC led administration in Randfontein is not up to the task of looking after its residents.
Debt has been accumulating in the municipality since 2011 due to low collection rates, inadequate measures taken to combat cable theft and poor financial management.
Of considerable concern is that this huge debt will be carried over to the new local municipality when Randfontein and Westonaria merge after the 2016 local government elections.
Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Jacob Mamabolo, must launch an investigation to probe why the situation was allowed to develop and take action against those responsible.
Local municipalities have become hotbeds for corruption, nepotism and cronyism – driving many into the ground.
Examples need to be made of those responsible, this poor model of governance can no longer be perpetuated in Gauteng.