Baloyi responds to protector on maladministration
Johannesburg - Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi has submitted a response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on maladministration allegations at the Dipaleseng Municipality in Balfour, Mpumalanga.
"Today's report contains commitments by both the MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs in Mpumalanga... and the executive mayor of Dipaleseng," Baloyi's special advisor Tommy Ntsewa said on Tuesday.
Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi confirmed that the response had been received.
"She [Madonsela] has received a satisfactory response to the report," said Masibi.
Last month, Madonsela said there was evidence of widespread maladministration at the Dipaleseng Municipality.
She had conducted an investigation over 18 months, after residents of Siyathemba violently protested about the executive mayor and municipality council in July 2009.
They complained about a lack of service delivery and of public facilities in the township.
A fence at a public school in Balfour had not been completed and the municipality had no emergency and disaster plans, the community contended.
Title deeds to be distributed
Residents also accused the municipality of having no credit control or debt collection policy and a finance department with incompetent staff.
Other complaints were that the Balfour police station's infrastructure and equipment were dilapidated, and that a number of RDP houses had not been built.
President Jacob Zuma paid a surprise visit to Balfour in August 2009, and spoke to community members about their grievances.
However, early in February 2010 violence flared up again in Siyathemba.
After visiting the informal settlement that February, Madonsela decided to conduct an investigation.
Ntsewa said the municipality would distribute title deeds to the residents of Siyathemba on March 23.
"This is in part the general response to the public protector's report and primarily as an item forming part of the general service delivery responsibility by the municipality to the people," he said in a statement.