Money being wasted

2015-09-09 06:00

ROY JANKIELSOHN, DA member in the Provincial Legislature:

THE Dihlabeng Municipality has managed to spend R2 622 980 on ten events between 31 October 2014 and 30 June 2015. This money has been spent “religiously” on a monthly basis on items such as marquee tents, stages, sound systems, catering and transport at an average of about R262 298 per event.

Attempts by DA Cllr Ben Venter to get answers as to what the nature of the events were, was disallowed by the speaker, Cllr David Lengoabala, during a council meeting.

The speaker’s unwillingness to allow questions and replies regarding these events indicates that there is something untoward taking place. The scarce financial resources of the municipality are either being abused for political purposes, or for personal purposes, most probably for both.

The events that take place mostly over weekends happen to be when Lengoabala holds his church services as a pastor of a church in Dihlabeng.

Since the municipality refuses to answer questions in this regard we will submit our questions to the MEC for Co-Operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA).

Dihlabeng has on more than one occasion been threatened by Eskom to have its electricity cut off due to its inability to pay the R59 million owed to Eskom. It is clear that money paid by residents for electricity is being abused for the enrichment of those involved, in what appears to be a scam to defraud the municipality

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.