White ratepayers undermining municipalities – minister

2010-03-03 11:25

White ratepayer associations have created “a parallel government”

and are undermining the ability of municipalities to deliver services,

co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Sicelo Shiceka said

today.

Shiceka told a media briefing in Cape Town that white ratepayers

were placing their money for municipal services in private trust accounts.

“We have discovered that over 280 ratepayers in South Africa, which

unfortunately are white organisations, have created a parallel government,” he

said.

“They take the money instead of paying service to municipalities

and put it in a trust account. That undermines ability of municipalities to

deliver services.”

Shiceka said the government wanted to engage with everybody to sort

out municipal problems.

“Everybody must come to the party. If you are unhappy about

potholes, about lack of service delivery, let us discuss that. That is what

municipal service turnaround is all about. It must be driven by all the

people.”

Shiceka said it had been discovered that all violent protests,

“without exception”, were happening because people were “raising things with

municipalities without getting a response”.

“Anger has been boiling up. What we are doing is developing a

mechanism to deal with all issues raised with municipalities.”

He said a plan on how to cap violent protests would be presented at

a meeting with MECs and local government leaders tomorrow.


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