Merafong - It is quite clear that the African National Congress in Gauteng do not care about the poor or the delivery of services and have chosen to put the lifestyles of politicians ahead of the dignity of the people, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday.
"Merafong’s ANC mayor Maphefo Letsie, who enlisted a band of 'thugs' to disrupt democratic processes in the build-up to the 2016 elections using public funds, has dipped into the public purse once again to treat herself to a new Mercedes-Benz and revamped offices, while residents watch as the municipality rapidly falls into disrepair," DA Gauteng MPL Ina Cilliers said.
While Letsie had taken delivery of the new Mercedes-Benz and upgrades to the mayoral parlour had been completed, neither of these items appeared before the council’s finance committee nor had the items appeared before the municipal public accounts committee, she said.
In contrast to the luxurious trimmings the mayor enjoyed, residents received sub-standard services and waited months on end before any effort was made to address the numerous problems plaguing the municipality.
The Carletonville Sports Complex was an example of the ANC municipality’s negligence. Over time the facility had been stripped to such an extent that the roof was missing and the brick structure was slowly being dismantled. A facility that could play a significant role in the lives of residents now stood in ruin.