By Carin Visser, DA Chairperson, North West:
The Democratic Alliance in Twaing is concerned that putting the Municipality under administration was another fruitless exercise by the governing party to mislead residents who suffer due to mismanagement and maladministration.
Recent events in Tswaing confirmed that the Administrator and other senior officials ignored previous warnings from the DA about the poor maintenance of infrastructure.
No significant progress is evident after the appointment of the Administrator leaving residents in the same state and before the administration.
Electricity poles that were damaged in a storm, three years ago, are now finally down – leaving the residents and business with no power.
This came after a strong wind caused the collapse of several electrical poles and lines onto vehicle in the main street of Delareyville this week. This also caused a black-out in the CBD and other parts of town.
Delareyville is the business hub of Tswaing and service delivery has now deteriorated to a state where people’s Constitutional Rights are infringed – despite being under administration. Basic services like water and electricity are not supplied in a sustainable, well managed manner.
The DA has submitted letters to the former MEC for Local Government Mr Collen Maine as well as Premier Supra Mahumapelo to intervene in the municipality to improve services to the community.
The DA also submitted a letter to the Chief Director of Local Government Budget Analysis Mr Jan Hattingh at National Treasury when the municipal administrator Mr Kingsley Sehularo and Mayor Caesar Mogatusi presented an unfunded budget for adoption in council.
A comprehensive report was also forwarded to Hon JJ Mohapi and the members of the NCOP regarding the imploding of institutional compliance of Tswaing Local Municipality.
The DA has on many occasions reported the municipality’s challenges to the Provincial Government who continuously failed to intervene.
The DA will forward another request to the Premier demanding functional assistance to restore the institutional value of the administration, to institute a skills audit to ensure capacitated employees be appointed to ensure functional appointments in key positions improving the quality and expertise required for maintenance of infrastructure.