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ANC apparently has no political will to save Emfuleni Municipality from going under

The blame for the total collapse of services and the maladministration at the Emfuleni Local Municipality (Evaton, Sebokeng, Vaal Oewer, Vanderbijl Park, Vereeniging) can only be laid at the door of the ANC which lacks the political will to save the area from utter ruin. And in the meantime, residents are suffering.

During the visit that the Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) paid to the Municipality, the FF Plus pointed out various issues including irregularities with tender procedures, the council neglecting to fulfil its oversight role, the Public Accounts Committee that failed to investigate irregular expenditure during the 2018/19 financial year and senior management that was not held accountable for inflated Unemployment Insurance Fund expenses.

The party is also of the opinion that the financial recovery plan has, thus far, been unsuccessful and that no deliberate attempt was made to collect outstanding service fees to replenish the money coffers.

The FF Plus brought it to the Committee's attention that supply regulations are not followed with transactions exceeding R200 000. In certain cases, competitors are not invited to participate in the tender processes.

It is alarming that the Emfuleni Municipality is refusing any assistance from the business sector and apparently only wants to keep building on its crumbling reputation of mismanagement, which will only drive the municipal region further over the edge of ruin.

The party will continue to expose irregularities and highlight the poor administration of the ANC-controlled Emfuleni Municipality.

The time has come for residents to bring about a change of government in Emfuleni by voting for the FF Plus in the 2021 local government elections as it will be in the best interests of all the residents of the Municipality.

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