Emfuleni municipality in Gauteng is in dire need of civil intervention‚ says the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa).
“Everywhere we look‚ gross mismanagement by the local administration suggests that there is either gross incompetence or corruption at play‚ or a combination of the two‚ leading to maladministration and wasteful expenditure‚” said Makhosi Khoza‚ Outa’s executive director on local governance.
The civil action group said evidence of Emfuleni’s administration collapsing was evident in the amount of raw sewage running through the towns and suburbs that make up the municipality‚ which includes Vereeniging‚ Vanderbijlpark‚ Sharpeville and Bophelong.
“In addition‚ Eskom’s bills are not being paid by the municipality‚ giving rise to legal activity currently underway to keep the lights on‚ despite the residents and businesses having paid the municipality for their use of electricity. Adding to the residents woes‚ water pressure issues have developed as a result of poor infrastructure maintenance‚ electrical substations are in a poor state and overloaded‚ road maintenance is lacking and refuse is not being collected on time‚” said a statement by Outa.