Abuse, misuse of ratepayers’ money

2015-07-29 06:01

Sir, HAVING left Greytown some years ago I still however, keep up with the news by receiving the Greytown Gazette each week. I must say I was astonished to read the story on the front page in the 15 July issue about the amount of money being spent by the municipality, presumably with full council approval, on accommodating the town’s new Mayor­, Thami Ngubane. From what I can make out from the various reports in your paper, unemployment is rife, the water supply system is in dire straits, yet Council can agree to financing luxury accommodation, a luxury vehicle and four bodyguards – for just one person.

Now what I find even more astonishing is that no one appears to have commented on this blatant misuse of money. When I lived in Greytown there was an active and voluble ratepayers’ association which would never have kept quiet about such abuse and misuse of their money.

Ratepayers apparently nowadays just could not be bothered, even though it is their money.

I understand from national newspapers, radio and television that the Umvoti Mayor has been appointed as the head of the KZN ANC Youth League – an honour indeed, but here again, while supporting such an important appointment, I recall that when Councillor Ngubane was elected Mayor he took on the job as a full-time Mayor to be available at all times for the Umvoti communities. My query is, are ratepayers getting what they are paying for?

I look forward to receiving official comment on this.

Ex-Greytonian

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