DA calls for probe af­ter state­ments dumped

African Times - - News - ISAAC RAMOTH­WALA

THE Demo­cratic Al­liance (DA) has de­manded a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter mu­nic­i­pal ac­count state­ments were found dumped in the rub­bish bins at Musina mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The party has al­ready writ­ten a let­ter to the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Nathi Tshi­wanammbi re­quest­ing him to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in con­nec­tion with the dump­ing of more than 1000 mu­nic­i­pal ac­count state­ments. The state­ments were found in the rub­bish bins within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s premises.

The lo­cal DA coun­cil­lor, Ernest Makatu, said that they have dis­cov­ered th­ese state­ments in a rub­bish bin which were dumped next to the mu­nic­i­pal toi­lets dur­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He said: “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion comes af­ter the res­i­dents’outcry dur­ing the DA’s door-to-door cam­paign re­gard­ing the non-de­liv­ery of their mu­nic­i­pal ac­counts by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity on time”.

He added the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had stopped de­liv­er­ing th­ese mu­nic­i­pal ac­counts state­ments to the res­i­dents for over a year with­out any valid rea­son.

Makatu said that many res­i­dents are forced to es­ti­mate their ac­counts when they have to pay their bills on a monthly ba­sis which makes it im­pos­si­ble for them to bud­get ac­cord­ingly due to the fluc­tu­at­ing water and elec­tric­ity bills.

“It is clear that mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials must be held ac­count­able for this il­le­gal dump­ing, in­stead of ini­ti­at­ing plans to de­liver them to the rel­e­vant ad­dresses for the res­i­dents to get their state­ments,” Makatu said.

He said that the DA has urged the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager to take ac­tion against the ir­re­spon­si­ble of­fi­cials and en­sure that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity con­tin­ues to de­liver the state­ments to the Musina res­i­dents on time.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity did not re­spond to an en­quiry by African Times.

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