Services go to waste

2018-04-11 06:00
Uncollected waste spread all over Moshoeshoe Road on the day of the inauguration of Sisi Ntom­bela as Free State premier on 28 March. Photo: Teboho Setena

Uncollected waste spread all over Moshoeshoe Road on the day of the inauguration of Sisi Ntom­bela as Free State premier on 28 March. Photo: Teboho Setena

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To signal that the government system was kaput, residents tired of inefficiencies expressed their anger by dumping uncollec­ted waste in the streets on 28 March, the day of the inauguration of Sisi Ntombela as the new Free State premier.

The DA in the Mangaung Metro Municipality responded to this public outrage and, at a media briefing on Wednesday (04/04), blamed the disarray on poor management.

It is alleged that this is what forced residents to resort to the action of spreading uncollected waste in the streets and thus compelling the municipality to deliver service.

Disgruntled residents spread tons of waste over the main roads in the townships of Phahameng, Rocklands, Batho and Bochabela.

Speculation was rife that this reaction had been fuelled by the alleged R2 million expenditure on Ntombela’s inauguration, which also bid farewell to her predecessor, Ace Magashule.

Dulandi Leech of the DA, who serves on finances and the Integra­ted Development Plan, said residents in the township were affected by the municipality’s failure to collect waste and deliver quality service.

“This is pointing to the collapse of municipal systems, which has all residents across Mangaung suffering. Poor service is not only in townships, but also in the suburbs.”

The DA pointed out that the collapse of a municipality leads to serious service delivery shortco­mings, such as the failure to remove waste, a lack of water supply to certain areas, the failure to repair water leakages and fix leaking sewerage, as well as apparent inefficient communication to the public regarding the water supply and the frequent power interruptions.

“Law enforcement does not take place; maintenance of infrastructure does not take place; and the call centre is frequently inactive,” said Hardie Viviers, DA caucus leader in the Mangaung Metro Council.

The DA has written to the premier, requesting her intervention in terms of the Municipal Systems Act.

Viviers said they had requested that Ntombela use her discretion to appoint an independent commission of enquiry under the chairmanship of a judge to investigate all aspects of functionality of the metro; that the community is afforded the opportunity to provide evidence of service delivery failures; and that the municipality should be placed on a performance improvement plan whilst implemen­ting a turnaround strategy.

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