We want to see the Premier of Gauteng Mrs Nomvula Mokonyane establish a task team and investigate the allegations of fraud and corruption against officials of the Westonaria Local Municipality and meet with the concerned community larders.
Two people tragedy lost their life during this service delivery protests and our condolences go out to the friends and family members. Service delivery protests is now escalating to Simunye a township near Bekkersdal were the protests started in full swing on Monday.
We condemns violence against people and municipal property in any possible way and would like to see community leaders to suspend the service delivery protests and go back to the table and see if there is not a better resolution for this situation. Residents are now going to suffer because of the burned down community centre as community members made use of it and if the Westonaria Local Municipality decided to repair this facility that it will be with tax payer’s money that could have been spent ells ware.
We as the Municipality Watchdog are sceptic to see that the Westonaria Local Municipality incorporated into a metro after the 2016 Municipal Elections with other municipalities like the Mogale City Local Municipality, Randfontein Local Municipality, West Rand District Municipality and the Merafong Local Municipality as this merge can have a huge impact on service delivering.
Residents residing in Randfontein took part in service delivery protests earlier this year as they seen red and opposed against this merger.
The Municipality Watchdog opposes the metro concept and believes that we cannot afford another situation similar to the toll roads, when communities and stakeholders are only consulted after the fact.
The Municipality Watchdog calls on all residents to join us in opposing these plans.
We also call on the residents of the affected municipalities to ensure that they participate in the public processes for the demarcation of municipal boundaries of municipalities in Gauteng.
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Andrè Pieterse – Founder Municipality Watchdog
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