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Outa KZN provincial manager Tim Tyrrell says the civil organisation is concerned about the state of local government in the province.

Outa KZN provincial manager Tim Tyrrell says the civil organisation is concerned about the state of local government in the province.

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He said people have been appointed to positions they are not qualify for just because they are aligned to a certain political organisation.

“It’s awful, it’s terrible and we are doing our best to try to turn that around.”

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Tyrrell said he is very pleased with what he has been hearing from Ramaphosa and the commitments the president has made to South Africans. However, he is pessimistic about the challenges that Ramaphosa faces from within his own ranks in government and the ANC in terms of a shared ability to execute.

“I think it’s common knowledge that the ANC is deeply split and factionalised so you have forces within that group acting against each other so the opportunity to achieve objectives, and to provide growth, employment and all of the good things this country desperately needs, is being severely curtailed.”

He believes that Ramaphosa is the right man for the job but he faces a leadership challenge so he hopes Ramaphosa will be not overpowered by the sheer numbers who will get in his way to try to stop whatever he wants to achieve.

“If Cyril Ramaphosa and his cabinet don’t turn things around within this term of office then I fear that the country is in deep trouble. We already have some very alarming indicators in terms of economic performance and the lack of growth.

“The unemployment statistics are also really scary but there is great potential for that to get worse if we carry on doing things the same way we’ve been doing them for the past 10 years. Things have to change and that is the very serious challenge that is facing government right now.”

Tyrrell said Outa will do its level best to assist government, even if it means exposing those who are mismanaging the public purse.

WHY BLOW THE WHISTLE?

Outa relies on the public to provide it with information needed to expose the squandering, maladministration and misuse of taxpayers’ money. Its whistle-blower platform enables anyone to send information while taking every possible measure to protect their identity. The link can be found on Outa’s website at www.outa.co.za

Alternatively, people can contact Outa at 087 170 0639 or info@outa.co.za

WHO FUNDS OUTA?

Outa is a crowd-funded non-profit organisation. Between March 2012 and February 2019, Outa’s donors generated an income of just under R131 million, which was broken down into two distinct areas that define the organisation’s work and support. Outa earned its reputation by acting on behalf of the citizens of Gauteng who were treated unfairly during the implementation of the e-tolling system. Their work has, as a civil organisation, since extended to other components of government. The focus in KZN is on local government and the quality of service that municipalities provide to residents.

“We have a very strong support base but we are limited by the amount of money we generate so we are appealing to people to make contributions,” said Tyrrell.

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