By Roy Jankielsohn, Leader of the Official Opposition in the Free State Provincial Legislature:
The below member statement was delivered by the Leader of the Official Opposition, Roy Jankielsohn (MPL), during a sitting of the Free State Provincial Legislature today.
The Dihlabeng Municipality has managed to spend R2,622,980.00 on ten events between 31 October 2014 and 30 June 2015.
This money has been spent “religiously” on a monthly basis on items such as marquee tents, stages, sound systems, catering, and transport. This works out to an average of about R262 298 per event.
Attempts by DA councillor Ben Venter to get answers as to what the nature of the events were, was disallowed by the Speaker, Councillor Lengoabala, during a council meeting.
Companies involved are Motswako Production and Properties, Toro e Phethahetse Hiring Services, North Shore Trading 231 cc, Hanong Trading (Pty) Ltd, Magau Transport Services, and Vimbai Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
The Speaker’s unwillingness to allow questions and replies regarding these events indicates that there is something untoward taking place. The scarce financial resources of the municipality are either being abused for political purposes, or for personal purposes, but most probably for both. The events that take place mostly over week-ends happens to be when Lengoabala holds his church services as a pastor of a church that operates in Dihlabeng.
Since the Municipality refuses to answer questions in this regard we will submit our questions to the MEC for Co-Operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs.
Dihlabeng has on more than one occasion been threatened by Eskom to have its electricity cut off due to its inability to pay the R59 million owed to Eskom. It is clear that money paid by residents for electricity is been abused for the enrichment of those involved, in what appears to be a scam to defraud the municipality.
No responsible local government can authorise such events every month while it is unable to meet its most basic financial commitments. This is morally corrupt, irresponsible, criminal and typical of an ANC local government who take their lead from a Premier who shares these characteristics with them.