The Democratic Alliance (DA) had seen the draft forensic report into corruption in the Emfuleni Municipality in Gauteng, showing at least R1 billion of looting by ANC officials. Former and current officials are implicated in the report for a litany of allegations, mainly subverting tender processes and side-stepping Supply Chain Management protocol.
For years, the DA warned that the embattled municipality was on the verge of collapse due to nefarious activities of officials, low collection rates and huge debts to both Rand Water and Eskom. This came to a head when both state-owned utilities threatened to disconnect the municipality’s water and electricity supply. Despite national government assisting the provincial government two years ago, nothing came of the promises made then. The prediction of total destruction has now come true.
It appears that the state of the municipality has deteriorated almost beyond repair. The report, said the DA, indicated without a doubt that, just as all local municipalities run by the ANC, the needs of residents have been put on the back burner while plundering the public purse without any shame is priority number one.