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Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has asked the mayor of Chief Albert Luthuli, in Mpumalanga, to submit an action plan on issues affecting the municipality, her office said on Wednesday.
Carolina residents asked Madonsela to intervene to ensure issues involving water contamination, land redistribution and youth unemployment were addressed, her spokeswoman Kgalalelo Masibi said in a statement.
“Acknowledging that the bulk of the water contamination problem had been addressed, residents wanted answers on the accountability of the mining houses that had caused the problem.
“They complained that it appeared that no one had been arrested or fined for putting people's lives in danger by violating environmental laws,” Masibi said.
The bulk of complaints related to RDP housing. These issues included waiting for houses, irregular allocations, badly built houses, and irregular reassignment of ownership of houses by municipal officers.
Masibi said Madonsela would discuss the RDP complaints with the Mpumalanga human settlements MEC and the other issues with the provincial executive and legislature when she met them on October 10.
Carolina residents also asked Madonsela to intervene on youth unemployment,
“They said 1/8this 3/8 was exacerbated by the fact that mines in the area do not employ locals or honour their social contract plans.
“Mines also came under fire for violating their licence conditions and mining too close to people's houses,” said Masibi.
Other service delivery complaints related to marginalisation of disabled people in the allocation of RDP houses, a maintenance company that allegedly cost the municipality R70,000 for electricity that was underutilised and costly to ratepayers, and municipal employees and other public servants failing to disclose their business with government.
There were also complaints about corruption in awarding tenders, the exploitation of farm workers, SA Social Security Agency grants, home affairs, and the behaviour of police.