Archive for November, 2015

IN THE FOREFRONT - Simon Mahole Mofokeng flanked by law enforcement and fire fighters during his recent inauguration at Emfuleni Council Chamber in Vanderbijlpark. Photo by Reginald Nhlapo.

IN THE FOREFRONT – Simon Mahole Mofokeng flanked by law enforcement and fire fighters during his recent inauguration at Emfuleni Council Chamber in Vanderbijlpark.           Photo by Reginald Nhlapo.

by SMANGA KUMALO and REGINALD NHLAPO

VANDERBIJLPARK – NEWLY appointed executive mayor of Emfuleni local municipality Simon Mahole Mofokeng has promised to shake up his institution.

Speaking at Emfuleni Council Chamber after his inauguration, Mofokeng said they must go back to the basics and give service delivery to residents.

For the first time he openly acknowledged that Emfuleni has financial crisis and the debt owed by the municipality is in the region of about R150 million.

However, 19 percent of businesses and other debtors in the area owe the municipality R950 million.

“Some of our officials are corrupt, we believe there are those who work with other business people to illegally erase their debt in our system. I’m going to ask for a raw database and go through it. We are also going to get rid of corruption and laziness in these buildings,” he explained.

According to Mofokeng, he is in a turbulent plane and he has to work extremely hard to run (Emfuleni) it. Few months ago, Emfuleni was rocked by service delivery protests as residents demanded houses, roads and proper sanitation.

He explained “There must be street lights, grass cut. Any institution that cannot perform its basic obligation does not deserve respect for its existence.”

The new Speaker of Emfuleni, MaipatoTsokolibane poured cold water on the issue of service delivery protest by saying there is nothing wrong with protest marches but it becomes bad when it ends up hostile. She said if residents want to protest they must apply.

“Some people burn councillors’ houses. They (councillors) do not build houses, that (houses) is the issue of the province. Lack of communication result to these protests,” concluded Tsokolibane.

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