Sedibeng spends R3.9 million on catering while residents suffer a lack of basic services

Instead of spending money to ensure that its residents have access to uninterrupted basic services such as water, electricity and refuse removal, Sedibeng District Municipality has spent R3.9 million on catering services in the last five financial years.

It is extremely concerning that the Sedibeng District Municipality which constantly presents an unfunded budget and is in financial crisis is failing to prioritise service delivery for its residents.

This information was revealed by the Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Lebogang Maile in a written reply to my questions tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL).

According to MEC Maile, Sedibeng has spent R3 909 676.57 on catering services from July 2017 to January 2022 during workshops, committee meetings, and council meetings.

This is ridiculous as this municipality is in a financial crisis and does not have money to ensure that its residents have access to adequate service delivery.

The DA will continue to hold the Sedibeng Mayor, Cllr Lerato Maloka to account for the millions spent on catering instead of ensuring that basic services are rendered to the residents. We will also engage the DA councillors in Sedibeng to use all the mechanisms at their disposal to curb the misuse of the municipality’s coffers.

It is high time that taxpayers’ money is spent wisely to benefit our people who are in dire need of proper service delivery.