Pay up, DA coun­cil­lors

The Star Late Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

T HIS week, we car­ried a front-page story re­gard­ing some City of Joburg coun­cil­lors who are al­leged to owe a com­bined R700 000 in rates and taxes. Some of them are no longer coun­cil­lors.

And while some of the bills are un­der dis­pute, and it’s clear that the city’s billing cri­sis is far from over, it’s sur­pris­ing that the DA, which prides it­self as a party with a clean gov­er­nance record, could have in its midst coun­cil­lors who don’t lead by ex­am­ple by pay­ing their bills.

The rev­e­la­tions are con­tained in the city’s 2015/2016 an­nual fi­nan­cial re­port, so the ques­tion of po­lit­i­cal op­por­tunism shouldn’t arise.

We sim­ply can­not have coun­cil­lors who owe the city so much and are not taken to task. They must #PayBack­TheMoney.

If mayor Her­man Mashaba is to suc­ceed in get­ting the cit­i­zens of Joburg to pay their bills, he must start in the cham­bers of his own party, the DA.

And in the cases where some of the bills will be shown to have been in­flated, as some of the coun­cil­lors would have us be­lieve, this will show that Mashaba’s new ad­min­is­tra­tion has its work cut out for it.

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