By Bosman Grobler MPL, DA spokesperson on CoGTA:
The DA has taken note of the advertisement placed in the Excelsior Newspaper in Mkhondo on 3 July 2015, showing the intent of the municipality to sell the pieces of land where the municipal offices and the municipal Town Hall are housed.
According to the advertisement, the buildings are not structurally sound. If this is the case, why is the municipality selling the land? Surely buildings that are not structurally sound must be demolished to ensure the safety of tenants and staff.
The DA is very concerned about the proposed transaction. It is absurd to sell the proposed land, which is centrally located in town, and relocate the buildings somewhere else. This move could potentially be an inconvenience to many residents. It is still unclear where the new municipal offices and Town Hall will be located.
The municipality of Mkhondo is far behind on targets for infrastructure development and maintenance. It is rather strange that a capital project like this is identified and prioritised above the maintenance of roads, sewer and water pipes in the municipality.
The proposed transaction raised similar questions in 2014, when the Mkhondo Council approved the same property to be sold to Sinosa Energy and Construction (Pty) Ltd. This transaction also included a rental agreement with the same company at hugely inflated prices. The DA wrote to the MEC for CoGTA Refilwe Mtshweni in 2014 and she intervened.
(Click here to see 2014 questions)
MEC Mtshweni must provide us with the report from structural engineers which confirms that the building is indeed structurally unsound. The DA hopes that she will have the political influence to stop her local counterparts from making decisions that will not benefit their community.
We will keep a close eye on this matter, and will do our utmost best to ensure that local municipalities focus on service delivery and stop looking for ways to enrich connected individuals.
In a fair society, as envisaged by the DA, the municipality will focus on creating an environment where citizens have the opportunity to flourish. This transaction has no benefit for the citizens of the municipality, and the ANC should focus on serving the communities who elected them into power.