By Bosman Grobler, MPL, DA Spokesperson on CoGTA:
Cooperative governance MEC Refilwe Mtshweni must stabilize the electricity crisis gripping Thaba Chweu local municipality.
Residents living in and around the towns of Sabie and Graskop allege that they entered into a monthly easy-payment arrangement with the municipality that guaranteed that they would not have their electricity cut if their bills were paid on time. However, it seems that the municipality made an about turn and continues to cut the power supply even when the residents pay their bills within the specified times.
The embattled municipality has been facing numerous service delivery challenges, with billing and revenue collection for municipal services rendered being one of the greatest difficulties.
According to media reports, the municipality appointed a contractor to conduct electricity and water cut-offs to households and businesses that failed to settle outstanding accounts for services provided.
Residents have told the DA that the people living in houses donated by the Chinese government do not pay for electricity yet they never get power cuts.
Thaba Chweu municipality cannot continue forcing residents and businesses to carry the brunt of power outages and other infrastructure failures as the municipality battles with its own financial woes.
The DA has written to MEC Mtshweni, requesting her to launch a full investigation into the nature of the electricity cuts in the municipality and to ensure that if there are to be power cuts in the area, they are carried out in a fair and constitutional manner.
A DA government would normalise service delivery by employing suitably skilled and competent individuals to transform this municipality into the attractive investment destination that it can become.