“There is an utter display of contempt and disregard by councillors of the municipality. Time and time again they have found reasons not to discuss the Section 106 report."
THE SOL Plaatje Community Forum is still waiting for Premier Zamani Saul to respond to a letter that was sent, calling for action to be taken regarding the failure of Sol Plaatje Municipality to deal with the Section 106 investigation report.
The secretary of the Sol Plaatje Community Forum, Tumelo Mosikare, said the municipality had to finalise the appointment of all senior managers where there were vacancies.
“We also need to strengthen the technical planning and implementation capacity of Sol Plaatje Municipality.
“There is an utter display of contempt and disregard by councillors of the municipality. Time and time again they have found reasons not to discuss the Section 106 report.
“The Section 106 report came as a by-product of unrest, which could and should have been avoided. It came at a great cost both to the city and the people and businesses.”
Mosikare pointed out that apart from the “leaked Sol Plaatje Municipality 106 investigation report” that was leaked in the local media, to date, a year later, there has been no presentation or availing of the document to the people who are mostly affected by its findings and who suffered for it to be undertaken.
“We acknowledge the legal restraints being used as a scapegoat to carry out your instructions and the wishes of the residents, however, we vehemently reject the pretext of the court interdict being the reason why the 106 report may not be discussed,” said Mosikare.
“There are matters raised by the 106 report which do not affect the parties who have interdicted the municipality. Matters and findings which resonate with the recent findings of the auditor-general and those of the internal audit committee. These matters are pressing and some affect the current dwindling level of service delivery by the municipality.”
Mosikare further stated that issues pertaining to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, the implementation of a service delivery plan to address sewage, potholes and poor services, the recommendations of the Section 106 report and the findings on the resource management and indigent management system had yet to be implemented.
“The Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs has not attempted to defend the Section 106 report and its findings. No attempts were made to assist the municipality in dealing with any of the other matters not cited as part of the interdict which emanate from their investigation and report.”
Mosikare said that job losses and a lack of investment were being aggravated by the poor management resources of the city and unaffordable costs of basic services.
“We have lost all hope in attempting to raise the concerns and challenges and have endlessly tried to assist in advising every time on what could be done to do things so that the municipality does not suffer, and more importantly, that the people it serves are served with dignity, quality, in time and with affordable services and products.
He believed that the behaviour displayed during council meetings made “a mockery of the trust that was placed in the elected leaders”.
“The current management and leadership of the municipality leaves much to be desired.”