Ruling party self-interest

2015-07-02 06:00

THE DA must be commended for not taking the claptrap from the ANC regarding the city’s budget. ANC councillor Msizi Ngcobo advanced that the budget is based on the realities the municipally faces.

What are the realities?

Their debt-recovery programme is ineffectual. There is no effective solution to recover R1.14 billion owed while millions have been written off in Sobantu. A select section of Copesville benefit from supplying themselves with free electricity which the municipality condones.

The biggest ratepayer base for our municipality is the northern areas, more so a very reliable base. Disconnections in the northern areas happen without any consideration for the indigent and their extreme poverty.

Do disconnections of this scale take place elsewhere in the city? The backlog in service delivery, like the service delivery issues at Eskom, is primarily due to mismanagement of financial resources, corruption and inefficient staff. Ratepayers are always seen as the cash cows. Our municipality needs to shed staff, get rid of a legal adviser in the municipal manager’s office, the mayor and municipal manager must relocate to this city and implement an immediate policy to employ staff based on suitability and relevant qualifications.

Above all, consultants must be halted as they merely front for incapable senior management. The DA will do a great service to ratepayers by leaving copies of the eye-opening opinion by Max du Preez (The Witness, 28 May), which spells out very lucidly, ANC self-interest.

JAY JUGWANTH

Pietermaritzburg

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