UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

UDM CONCERN ABOUT TWO GAUTENG LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATIONS

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is very concerned about reports of two municipal councils in Gauteng which are obviously experiencing serious administrative and management problems.

A member of the mayoral committee of the city of Johannesburg admitted that there was something "terribly wrong" in its revenue department and said that the whole operation had to be overhauled. What is very ironic about this is that Johannesburg also recently received the "Local Authority of the Year (Gauteng) Award".

In Tembisa, a community that was recently struck by the devastating and paralysing effects of a severe storm is in confrontation with their essential service provider, because of the electricity metering system, which is seemingly ineffective and discriminates against its residents.

It is clear that all is not well in these local authorities and it is our citizens who suffer for it. Taxpayers' money is wasted and mismanagement by the ANC local government in Gauteng. When the public learns of such problems, in the financial administration of our municipalities, it just creates distrust and suspicion. How can a citizen trust a system that squanders the taxpayers' money?

What is also of concern is that South Africa is currently in the battle to encourage its citizen to pay for their basic services and to be legal when making use of such services. Clearly this current situation does not encourage such good practices, people might think twice before submitting to pay for services; "Why should I pay for services that does no benefit me?".

The UDM calls on the local government structures in Gauteng to urgently and actively search for sustainable solutions and to manage their problems on a day-to-day basis, rather than waiting for it to escalate into paralysing failures of service delivery. It is also essential that the culture of non-payment is eradicated in order for our municipalities to function properly.

The UDM once again calls on the governing party to prove their so-called commitment to clean governance and turn these unnecessary situations around, but more importantly to prevent it from reoccurring.

Enquiries
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
083-759-6637

Cape Town
19 September 2001