Pay up, DA councillors
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.