The municipal staff of Great Kei Municipality is currently on strike because they did not receive their monthly salaries. The MEC for Local Government, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, needs to take urgent action to get provincial intervention into this municipality’s financial affairs.
The striking of the staff is having a direct impact on service delivery. It is likely that a meeting to discuss Great Kei’s Integrated Development Plan which was set for today (subs: Friday, 25 May 2012) will be cancelled.
Delivery means government that is clean and effective
I have on previous occasions asked the MEC when the forensic report from PriceWaterhouse Coopers is going to be released to the Portfolio Committee on Local Government and to the local Great Kei council in order to ascertain whether there has been any financial irregularity.
In a letter from the MEC last year I was given the assurance that this report would be handed to the Hawks. It is quite clear that there has been no action on maladministration and I will be pressuring the MEC to inform the legislature what his intentions are with regards to sorting out the finances of this municipality.
Great Kei Municipality is in dire financial straits and to allow this council to function in its current form is a disservice to the community.
Having done a constituency visit to the area yesterday (subs: Thursday, 24 May 2012) where I had interaction with the residents of Great Kei, the anger expressed at the lack of service delivery is of great concern. The issues that were raised, such as the state of roads, are matters that I will be taking up with the Portfolio Committee of Transport.