Tshwane residents continue to suffer as the city is left leaderless with no plan
The revelations that the Democratic Alliance has placed the City of Tshwane under administration does not come as a surprise - service delivery in the municipality has long taken a back seat owing to the tenuous marriage between the DA and the EFF.
The people of Tshwane in the meantime have had to pay a heavy price witnessing the regression of an institution that used to be at the forefront of service delivery, now earning the title of being the worst performing Metropolitan Municipality according to the Quality of Life Survey (QoLS) 2017/18.
This was further confirmed in June 2019 when the Auditor General South Africa released the 2017/18 Audit Outcomes for municipalities raising an alarm at the rampant levels of unauthorized, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure in the City of Tshwane.
Ironically the story of the placing of the municipality under party administration, as reported by News24, breaks during the anniversary of the multi-billion rand GladAfrica scandal which formed part of the over R5 billion wasteful and irregular expenses by the City of Tshwane in the 2017/2018 financial year. The ANC exposed the illegal contract with GladAfrica in August 2018.
The disdain with which the DA/EFF administration has treated the people of Tshwane has seen the City being treated as a guinea pig. The failed experimentation saw Solly Msimanga being recalled after he flopped at the helm of the municipality plunging it from one scandal to another. He left behind an ailing institution.
Enter, Stevens Mokgalapa! Touted as a man who will set the City back on track after it derailed, the DA has now realised that even this experiment is yet another failed project. Mokgalapa has only succeeded in paying lip service to dealing with corruption and maladministration and to restoring service delivery. Instead the man has plunged the Tshwane municipality into an even deeper crisis as he seeks to outperform Msimanga in his blunders.
Residents in various parts of the City go on for weeks without electricity and waste collections in areas of Pretoria West, Pretoria East, Soshanguve, Olievenhoutbosch, Atteridgeville and Mamelodi townships.
The people of Hammanskraal are living in a veritable hell. Residents are forced by the Municipality to drink dirty water which has been found in laboratory tests to be toxic with a lot of E.coli and faecal matter. The DA/EFF administration has thrown away the Blue drop status quality of water the residents used to enjoy under the ANC administration.
Unfortunately for the DA, the people of Tshwane can no longer be fooled. Their patience has run out as it became evident in the outcome of the 2019 general elections where the DA in the region got 25% of the vote compared to 43% in 2016.
The worrying trend in the City of Tshwane points to an institution that is leaderless and that has no plan to get out of the service delivery quagmire it finds itself in. At this rate Mokgalapa’s days are numbered as Cape Town has now set its sight on the struggling municipality.
The ANC in Gauteng calls on the MEC for Human Settlements, Urban Planning and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Lebogang Maile to closely monitor the situation and to not hesitate to act should the situation warrant placing the municipality under administration in order to restore service delivery back to normality.
Issued by the ANC Gauteng Province
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