The residents of Emfuleni Local Municipality are struggling to access basic services such as water, electricity, proper sanitation and regular refuse removal, yet the Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Lebogang Maile falsely claims that service delivery has improved in Emfuleni.
Our people are being denied their rights to access basic services such as water, electricity and sanitation and their lives are being placed at risk with conditions that are putting their health in serious danger.
During the department’s budget vote for the 2021/22 financial year earlier today, Maile asserted the false claim, a direct insult to the residents of Emfuleni where service delivery has completely collapsed.
This municipality is experiencing a serious long term cashflow crisis which has resulted in failing to pay service providers for basic services rendered.
Emfuleni is currently experiencing low water pressure and water shortages in some areas due to its failure to pay debt owed to Rand Water. Electricity is also a challenge as residents experience continuous power cuts due to the municipality’s failure to pay a debt owed to Eskom.
In all this, the residents are at the losing end of the stick as they continue to suffer a lack of service delivery that they are rightfully entitled to, as is happening in Emfuleni.
Furthermore, MEC Maile informed the House that Emfuleni is not under administration which is misleading as on several occasions the MEC has told the public that he has placed Emfuleni under administration.
We demand that MEC Maile must explain to the people of Emfuleni what exactly is happening in that municipality and why he appointed a team of administrators while knowing that Emfuleni is not under administration.
Maile must stop playing politics with the lives of Emfuleni residents as they will also punish his party during the upcoming local government elections.
According to what MEC Maile told the public, Emfuleni was previously placed under partial administration and later under full administrator.
Despite being placed under full administration, the administrators are failing to rescue this cash-strapped municipality from its serious financial situation. Emfuleni continues to move from one challenge to another with no lasting solution.
The DA’s solution to the ongoing lack of service delivery in Emfuleni is to vote for change during this upcoming local government elections. If we change the current administrations and vote for the DA, we can bring actual service delivery and accountability to different communities across the province, especially in Emfuleni.
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