On Wednesday, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) released a statement condemning the current disastrous state of Emfuleni municipality. With the organisation now boasting former ANC MP Dr Makhosi Khoza as its new Executive Director responsible for its local government programme.
The Emfuleni municipality in Gauteng has had its basic vehicle fleet, including essential service vehicles, repossessed. The municipality reportedly defaulted on payments with service providers, a basic act that should be routine for municipalities.
The vehicles were repossessed by Bidwest and OUTA is now calling for the municipality to be dissolved.
According to the National Treasury regulations stipulate that service providers must be paid within 30 days of issuing an invoice. Emfuleni Municipality has also not honoured its financial obligations to Eskom, Rand Water and many other service providers.
“The White Paper on Local Government and the Local Government Systems Act stress the critical importance of community and civil society involvement in the governance of municipalities, yet all interventions in collapsed municipalities exclude civil society and community representatives,” said Dr Khoza.
Khoza and OUTA now want Minister of Cooperative Governance Zweli Mkhize, Premier David Makhura and the Gauteng and national treasuries to urgently implement the constitutional procedure to dissolve.
“The councillors in Emfuleni municipality have failed to fulfill their electoral mandate. Allow communities and civil society to play a part in rescuing the collapsed Emfuleni municipality. When all is said and done, it is the communities that suffer when municipal services are not delivered or fail.”
OUTA has also called on Mkhize to agree to meet with their organisation as in order to find a sustainable solution. Khoza says Mkhize has repeatedly ignored their calls.