by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Date: 31 October 2018
Today the failing ANC in Sol Plaatje abandoned a council meeting to discuss the recovery plan of the financially embattled municipality, did not go ahead.
Sol Plaatje municipality currently finds itself in dire financial straits due to political instability and the municipality’s inability to collect debt to the value of over R500 million, from major debtors.
Due to ongoing factionalism within the failing ANC, poor management, poor public communication and poor crisis control, the ability of Sol Plaatje to deliver on its mandate is under severe threat, as it is estimated that Sol Plaatje has a deficit of at least R140 million.
Service delivery is already in such a poor state, that, if it is curtailed any further, there will be no service delivery at all. The filth and the sewerage that has engulfed this city, water leaks, water cuts, potholes and a generally poor state of our roads, is proof hereof.
ANC leadership, however does not seem to care.
The failing ANC is instead still relentlessly pushing for Patrick Mabilo to become the mayor, despite the election of Pule Thabane to this position last week. They are willing to plunge Kimberley into a further crisis, risking even more unrest, just to ensure that Mabilo is placed on the mayoral payroll.
Mabilo’s ANC, just like Matika’s failing ANC, is failing the people of Kimberley.
It is clear that the ANC is increasingly desperate to cling to power and is not ashamed to show that it cares more about internal party battles than it does about solving serious problems within the municipality.
While no commitment could be given regarding when the next council meeting will be scheduled, the DA will once again begin the tedious process of gathering enough signatures to demand a Special Council Meeting including so that we can discuss the recovery plan and the Section 106 report into maladministration, that was eventually made available to councillors today.
The writing is on the wall – the failing ANC is running away from discussing the section 106 report in depth because some of their cadres are implicated in wrongdoing. As the DA, we will not become complicit in corruption by acting as a rubber stamp.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that Sol Plaatje is transformed into a viable and efficient institution that is capable of putting the people, and not politics, first.
DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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