Emfuleni protests indicative of an uncaring ANC government

Numerous protests have flared up in the Emfuleni Local Municipality. Residents’ frustrations stem from the lack of service delivery, RDP housing corruption and officials allegedly dishing out jobs and houses to ANC supporters.

The DA has challenged Emfuleni Executive Mayor, Simon Mofokeng, to a debate on service delivery and to address the numerous concerns of residents. Sadly, Mayor Mofokeng is still in hiding as he faces a number of investigations into his alleged money laundering schemes and claims that his life is in danger.

As a leader of the community, Mayor Mofokeng has a mandate to fulfil, one of which is to be responsive to calls by the residents to tackle service delivery and claims of corruption.

The DA condemns the violence and looting during these protests and will in the coming weeks engage with residents on their concerns and will provide feedback to Mayor Mofokengs office.

The ANC has no regard for the people, despite the many that are stuck in abject poverty and feel a sense of hopelessness.

The DA will address these challenges in the local council in order to fast-track service delivery and to ensure that housing allocations take place in an open and transparent manner.

Mayor Mofokeng will be held accountable for his non-action in addressing the myriad of concerns by residents. Enough is enough.

Media Enquiries

Kingsol Chabalala MPL
DA Gauteng Constituency Head: Emfuleni
060 558 8299

Yaseen Carelse
Media and Issues Specialist
076 721 8613

DA challenges Emfuleni Mayor to public debate on service delivery

 

The DA challenges Executive Mayor of Emfuleni, Simon Mofokeng, to a public debate on service delivery and corruption within the municipality.

 

This comes as Mayor Mofokeng’s remarks on a local radio station stating that he is paranoid and is living in fear as the DA continues to pursue action against him for alleged money laundering and dodgy business deals.

 

If Mayor Mofokeng is so paranoid, he should open a case at the local SAPS in order to protect himself.

His paranoia is indicative of the fact that he has something to hide.

 

His remarks to the media on my pursuance of accountability in the municipality shows that Mayor Mofokeng is trying to deflect attention away from his business deals and alleged corruption.

 

The DA has requested both Cooperative Governance MEC, Paul Mashatile and the Auditor General of South Africa to launch an investigation into the alleged money laundering by the Mayor.

 

If Mayor Mofokeng has nothing to hide, he should accept my offer to debate relevant issues that affect residents of Emfuleni on a daily basis.

 

Mayor Mofokeng should not be cowardly and opt-out as he has done on so on many occasions when challenged to a debate.

 

Emfuleni residents have had enough of corruption and the looting of public money. It is high time that all dodgy officials and elected representatives are held to account.

Media Enquiries:

Kingsol Chabalala MPL
DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Emfuleni North
060 558 8299
Yaseen Carelse
Media and Issues Specialist
076 721 8613

Emfuleni Gauteng’s worst performer for paying service providers

Economic Opportunities Denied

Job creation and local economic development in Emfuleni are at a severe disadvantage as a written reply to DA questions revealed that the municipality owes R121 million in late payments to service providers.

Payments outstanding for longer than 30 days stand at R11,4 million and at R7,7 million over 60 days.

Reasons provided for delays in payments by the municipality were “cash constraints and low revenue collection.”

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Municipal finance legislation requires municipal managers to ensure that all money owing by the municipality be paid within 30 days of receiving the relevant invoice or statement – hopefully new mayor Mahole Mofokeng will ensure that this happens.

Late Payments hamper the delivery of critical services to residents of Emfuleni. In most cases these service providers are small to medium businesses who create many jobs for local residents.

If a municipality can’t pay its bills on time, it certainly cannot deliver good quality services to its residents. We remain cautiously optimistic that the new Mayor will clean up the mess created by his predecessor.

The DA will monitor the payments of service providers through submitting a series of questions to ensure all bills are paid on time and services are effectively delivered.

Media enquiries:

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Emfuleni North

060 558 8299

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Gauteng COGTA MEC must sort out Sebokeng Youth Centre confusion

State of Disrepair

The DA calls on Gauteng MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Jacob Mamabolo to intervene and resolve the spat between the Sedibeng District Municipality and the Emfuleni Local Municipality, over which is responsible for maintaining the Sebokeng Youth Advice Centre.

The centre is in a serious state of disrepair. The ceiling is damaged and has collapsed, and as a result, furniture is being used to hold up parts of it.

The centre also currently has no internet connection and had to close its doors recently after the electricity was cut off.

This center is supposed to serve the youth living in Sebokeng and provide them with opportunities to empower themselves and contribute towards reducing unemployment in the area, which currently stands at 34.7%, and youth unemployment rate at 45%.

Contrasts

In stark contrast, the neighbouring DA-led Midvaal municipality’s unemployment rate stands at 18,8% and its youth unemployment at 25%.

Questions to the Sedibeng municipality reveal it to be in a dispute over the maintenance of the property, as it is claimed that the infrastructure belongs to the Emfuleni Municipality, while Sedibeng runs operations inside the centre.

While neither Sedibeng nor Emfuleni have made any effort to maintain the property, it has now fallen into complete disrepair and has had to shut its doors.

The result is that 2000 young people are now forced to sit at home with no opportunities.

The closest alternative is the Bophelong Youth Advice Centre, which is over 20 km away.

To this end, the DA will question MEC Mamabolo about this matter in the Gauteng Legislature next week, and demand he take the necessary steps to return the youth centre to full operations as soon as possible.

Media enquiries:
Kingsol Chabalala MPL
DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Emfuleni North
060 558 8299

DA approaches Public Protector and Auditor-General over Zonder-Water Housing Development Corruption

The Evaton community has today taken their plight regarding the corruption at the Zonder-Water housing project to the Emfuleni Human settlements offices in Vereeniging.

They have instituted a sit-in at the Human settlements office and are demanding answers regarding this stalled housing project.

Work on the Zonder-Water housing development began in 2011, but came to an inexplicable halt in March 2013.

For the past two years, the construction company has not been on site

For the past two years, the construction company that won the tender to carry out work on the project, Rirothe Construction, has not been on site.

The budget for this development was set at R5,5 million, but despite their having been no activity on site for the past two years, R5,1 million has already been paid to the construction company.

Of 935 homes to be built as part of the Zonder-Water housing project, only 256 have been constructed – despite 92% of the budget having been paid to the construction company.

Rirothe Construction was contracted to build 256 houses, but another 100 was added to the order. These they could not complete due to not being paid by the department.

The community is claiming now that Mister Kabila Makhangane, who employees the current contractor working at the site, is an employee of the Department of Cooperative Governance a Traditional Affairs (COGTA).

Questions needs to be asked over why the department of human settlements paid over R5 million to the construction company despite the houses not having been completed and why no action has been taken against the company in light of its non-performance to date.

The DA has submitted complaints  regarding the project to both the Auditor-General and  the Public Protector, who have confirmed that they will investigate the matter.

It is critical that anyone guilty of corruption and financial maladministration must be held accountable

The DA is committed to bringing change where it governs. Change that stops corruption and starts service delivery.

Media enquiries:

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton

060 558 8299

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Manhole swallows another toddler in Sebokeng

Tragic Death

The DA is increasingly concerned over the safety of Sebokeng’s children after yet another child fell into a manhole and tragically lost his life.

According to local newspaper reports, four-year-old Mpho Magabi fell into an open manhole near a local playground.

This is the second tragic incident of a toddler dying after falling into an unsecured manhole

In November last year, five-year-old Sibusiso Ndada’s lifeless body was pulled from a manhole almost 24 hours after the incident was reported to local and provincial authorities.

Slow Response Times

To date, neither cooperative governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo nor Emfuleni mayor Greta Hlongwane have properly explained why emergency services failed to respond sooner.

Safety measures in communities play a critical role in ensuring that children are raised in a safe environment. Playgrounds have the specific purpose of allowing children the opportunity to freely express their abilities and grow their motor skills.

To this end the DA will write to MEC Mamabolo and Mayor Hlongwane and demand that urgent attention be paid to open manholes in Sebokeng, and to secure them without delay.

Parents and families should not fear for the lives of children at play.

Media enquiries:

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Emfuleni

060 558 8299

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Gauteng Government Misleads Boiketlong Community over Service Delivery Plans

Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Jacob Mamabolo and Emfuleni Mayor Greta Hlongwane are misleading the community of Boiketlong with promises of service delivery.Chabalala-Kingsol

According to reports, both the MEC and the mayor met with the leadership of the Boiketlong service delivery movement on Friday, and announced the government’s plans to bring an end to the service delivery crisis.

During this meeting, the community was promised that:

  • A memorandum of understanding had been signed with Rand Water over water delivery,
  • That the Leewkuil sewage plant would be upgraded,
  • That plans were almost finalised for the installation of high mast lights and solar panels for households, and
  • That government is in the final stages of declaring the area into a township.

However, the promises and their implementation were dependent on the Emfuleni local council’s consideration and approval of said plans and agreements during a special council meeting – which took place on February 25.

Astoundingly, not one of these items appeared on the agenda for the meeting and were thus not approved.

While the next council meeting is only towards the end of March, the question is of course whether these items will appear on the agenda – or whether the MEC and Mayor are playing for time.

Every time the government misses its own deadlines, people will lose confidence in the ANC’s ability to bring about a better life.

MEC Mamabolo must realise that the longer the ANC government toys with people’s expectations through empty promises, the more likely voters will vote for DA-led government with a definitive service delivery track record.

The DA will monitor the next council meeting’s agenda to see whether the MEC and mayor are indeed serious about service delivery.

Media enquiries:

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton

060 558 8299

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DA strongly condemns Sedibeng protests

The DA Gauteng strongly condemns the current protest action by two opposing ANC factions in the Vereeniging central business district.

 

According to reports, the protesters are demanding the resignation of district mayor Mahole Mofokeng, accusing him of corruption and nepotism. Protestors are causing havoc in the city centre by burning tyres and have brought business to a halt.

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The DA strongly condemns violence in any form, and we call on the ANC to deal with its internal problems as a matter of urgency – as residents are being negatively affected by the spill-over into the municipality’s ability to deliver services.

 

The ANC must separate the party from the state, and ensure that internal struggles do not affect residents and business government is meant to serve. (I will insert fotos sent)

 

The DA will continue to monitor the situation and ensure that the ANC is held to account for its reckless behaviour.

 

Media enquiries:

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton

060 558 8299