ANC rejects DA claims about dysfunctional municipality

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Mogale City — The ANC on the West Rand rejects the DA claims that Mogale City is a dysfunctional municipality.

The ANC made this statement after Alan Fuchs, the DA Constituency Head for Mogale City, said the coalition government of Mogale City is making progress with turning the dysfunctional municipality around – despite the efforts of the ANC to destabilise the council.

“Just less than three weeks ago, the Mogale City Council received a report from the Auditor General that says the municipality got an unqualified audit opinion for its meticulous handling of ratepayer’s finances. We are certain that this would have compelled the multi-party rule to change its tune regarding the state of the municipality as we notice that this article is a regurgitation of a similar statement released in December 2016. The point does occur though that this is a lie that needs to be repeated by its originators until those who hear it also believe it,” the ANC’s statement reads.

“We dare the administration to take legal steps as the competent authority against stealth [sic] and other misdemeanours than throw hands in the air in despair or to use the media to vent manufactured frustration. An executive that is certain about its facts would not be going to the media every month to repeat the same thing without tackling matters through internal disciplinary processes and/ or law-enforcement agencies.”

The statement says that under the ANC, an informal settlement management by-law was adopted and area committees established to, among others, advise the municipality on required services, monitor and curtail mushrooming and expansion of all our informal settlements. The municipality also spent time to conceive and establish an internal security system to assist area committees with sprawl monitoring, with the Red Ants coming in on an as-and-when-required basis to demolish new shacks built. “Mogale City installed water standpipes, high-mast lights for illumination, chemical toilets and skip bins for refuse removal. Unlike the DA-run Midvaal, Mogale City has been able to build 700 housing units in a period of six months after allocation of funds by the Housing Development Agency and relocated some of our residents staying in informal settlements. No municipality has over the last ten years built and eradicated informal settlements at the speed with which Mogale City has tackled Muldersdrift, Magalies, Kagiso and Munsieville to a point that the city is now poised for accreditation as a provider of human settlements services (which is the exclusive privilege of metropolitan municipalities). It is lack of understanding of government or plain envy that would prompt the coalition to pour scorn on these achievements.”

The ANC says it is proud that 609 students obtained R4,7 million worth of bursaries from the municipality in 2011–2016 (no less than 120 learners per annum). According to the statement, a further R1,5 million was spent in special grants for payment of student debts, textbooks, stationery and other needs.

“We challenge the DA to prove that these students were or are connected to the ANC, and if so take further steps against the ANC and the families for misuse or abuse of municipal funds through appropriate agencies like the Public Protector and others.

“The people of Mogale City only know an administration that talks tirelessly and have yet to experience an administration that works tirelessly as is claimed here. Service delivery has gone down to embarrassing levels. The calls by the community of Mogale City for the ANC that governs 28 of the 38 wards to rescue the municipality stem precisely from high levels of satisfaction the people had with the ANC administration.”

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