OUTA hands over petition to Provincial Government

“OUTA believes in long-term solutions.

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The Bulletin Newspaper

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) will this week hand over its petition and proposal to the Mpumalanga Department of Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs as well as to the Premier of Mpumalanga to provide the residents of Govan Mbeki with a financial recovery plan.
Over 1100 residents answered OUTA’s call for support by adding their names to an online petition that will put pressure on the local government for a financial turnaround strategy.
“OUTA believes in long-term solutions that will ensure Govan Mbeki becomes a self-sustaining hub of economic prosperity. We are not here to put band-aids on bullet wounds, but rather to see lasting solutions to addressing the service delivery crisis in this municipality,” Head of OUTA Local, Dr Makhosi Khoza.
The civil action organisation is requesting the Provincial Government to perform its obligatory oversight duty by providing a fail-proof and honest, financial recovery plan that will be developed and implemented with urgency.
The plan will ultimately force the officials of the municipality to:
Pay off longstanding debts to utility suppliers.
Implement systems to improve collection rates and service delivery.
Review the organogram and release any excess and redundant staff.
The financial recovery plan will ensure transparency and hold officials accountable.
“Let me make it clear, OUTA is not here to mollycoddle officials who are incompetent, irresponsible and downright ignorant of the law. The constitution is our blueprint for good governance and provides civil servants with the mandate to use public funds for the benefit of every citizen in our country,” added Dr Khoza.

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