Local ANC minority unable to pass a budget

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After running a campaign to make Mogale City unworkable, and subsequently taking over the mayorship through dubious means, the ANC was unable to pass its own budget. This leaves residents and creditors in an uncertain position, according to John Moodey, the DA Gauteng Provincial Leader.

On Friday, 7 July, the Mogale City Council met for the purpose of adopting its budget for the 2017/ 18 financial year, but this did not happen. The ANC minority council was unable to achieve a 50 per cent +1 quorum, which is required to pass the budget.

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“The fact that the ANC cannot pass a budget emphasises our point that it should not be leading the council nor is it fit to bring about much-needed change to the municipality.

“In the short time that the DA-led coalition governed Mogale City, we were able to stabilise the finances of the municipality in order to ensure that quality services are delivered and jobs are created. The DA-led coalition, under the harshest of political circumstances, was able to, through good governance:

• Draft a deficit-free budget that requires approval;

• Save a projected R300 million, which would have gone to service delivery and job creation;

• Reduce the amount of R450 million owed by Mogale City to creditors from the previous ANC-run council to R220 million;

• Ensure a revenue of R2,7 billion, including capital transfers and contributions; and

• Realise a savings of R130 million in the adjustment budget for 2016/ 17.

“With the ANC barely at the helm of Mogale City, the residents are guaranteed to see a deterioration in service delivery, and creditors can expect late or no payment.

“The DA, accompanied by its coalition partners, is working to ensure that the people of Mogale City get a government that puts their needs ahead of politics. The ANC cannot be trusted with the future of Mogale City, or its resources.”

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