by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Provincial Leader
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Date: 12 July 2018
Today the people of the Northern Cape have raised their voices against the culture of corruption and mismanagement of an uncaring ANC government. This is a loud call for change and putting the people first.
The Democratic Alliance has long said that Mayor Mangaliso Matika must go, and he must take the CFO, Lydia Mahloko, and Municipal Manager, Goolam Akharwaray, with him. None of these individuals care about the people of the Province, they only care about their own interests, while the people suffer.
Together, they have formed a dictatorship within the municipality, convening illegal meetings and passing illegal budgets that feed off the pockets of struggling residents so that they can live in luxury.
Together have created an electricity tariff crisis that has disregarded the needs of the people and the needs of businesses, making it even harder for the people of the provinces to find work and live a life of dignity.
Matika influences municipal processes so that his friends, including Provincial Police Commissioner Rismati Shivuri, walk away with erven intended for the poor.
Matika cares only about retaining power and seeking benefits for him and his allies.
He has manipulated the budget so that not a cent of the entire city’s Municipal Infrastructure Grant is spent anywhere else but in the ANC’s stronghold of Galeshewe.
In the meantime, Kimberley is sitting on a sewerage time bomb. Failure to upgrade the sewerage network could see all the investment in the way of the Sol Plaatje University, hospitals and housing developments undone.
While the DA shares the sentiments of the greater Kimberley community, we condemn all forms of violence and vandalism that have occurred today. Our people must not stoop to the levels of Matika.
Only change under a DA-led government will restore order in Kimberley and ensure a sustainable transition that will see the diamond city sparkle.
DA Northern Cape Provincial Leader
082 383 6914
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387