ANC neglects Bethal Town Hall

During a recent oversight visit to the town hall, we found that it had become unsafe due to a lack of maintenance by the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality.

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The Bulletin Newspaper

The Democratic Alliance are concerned about the safety hazards that arose from the neglect of the Bethal town Hall. The Govan Mbeki Municipality has, under the leadership of the ANC, neglected the Bethal Town hall to the point that it has become a safety hazard. This is according to DA Councillor Marietjie Fourie.
In a statement released by the DA, a number of faults are highlighted that are all due to the lack of maintenance.
During a recent oversight visit to the town hall, we found that it had become unsafe due to a lack of maintenance by the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality. We also observed the following; electrical wiring was not secured; floors, walls and ceilings were damp with water; all the fire extinguishers’ inspection dates had expired in February 2017; hall floors had holes and posed a tripping hazard; stairs to the stage were loose and a definite tripping hazard, ceiling boards were missing in the hall, stage and back stage; toilets that could not flush had faecal matter and urine fermenting in them; The room used for storing of files on the lower level still contained files dating back to 1992; and dead rats were also found.
The municipality charges private individuals R2 000 to use the hall, despite its deplorable conditions and safety hazards.
“It is clear that the ANC has forgotten about the people of Bethal and is not even concerned about the health and safety of those who continue to use the town hall.” says Marietjie, “On 7 July this year, the DA reported the state of the town hall to council and to the Executive Mayor of Govan Mbeki Municipality. We requested that they suspend all official and private activities until the hall had been repaired but there has been no response to date.”
The Bulletin have recently learned of people renting Bethal Town Hall only to find that there is no electricity to light the stage.
“Until this municipality is able to manage its finances and hire skilled and experienced individuals to fill critical posts, infrastructure will continue to crumble while service delivery slows to a halt, states Marietjie, “the people of Govan Mbeki need a new beginning under a DA-led government that will always put service delivery and the people first.”
Read the full statement on our website

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