By Kingsol Chabalala MPL, DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Emfuleni North:
The Emfuleni Local Municipality Fire Brigade has gone on a go-slow and have parked their fire trucks in front of the local council gates, blocking the entry for members of the public and municipal officials.
This comes as the Fire Brigade has not been paid their overtime and are now demanding payment before services can continue.
This “strike” adversely affects service delivery in the municipality which is already struggling to deliver good quality services to the residents of Emfuleni.
Just last year, the municipality was found to have paid-out inflated costs for services delivered to companies ripping-off the municipality, but it now seems it can barely pay for its own services.
The action by the fire brigade cannot be condoned nor can the non-payment of overtime by the municipality be allowed to continue. Both parties are fault.
The DA calls on Gauteng MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Jacob Mamabolo to intervene and resolve the spat between the municipality and the fire brigade.
The residents of Emfuleni are fed up with the mediocre services delivered by the municipality and will in the upcoming local government elections take to the polls to vote for a DA government that is capable of delivering quality services to the people.
(Click here to view images of the strike).