GMM hands over vehicles to themselves

These vehicles were procured with an insurance payment that resulted from several vehicles and other assets of the municipality that were burned down during a protest for service delivery in eMbalenhle

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The Executive Mayor, Cllr Nxgonono, handed over twenty-two brand new vehicles last week to different departments in the municipality.
These vehicles were procured with an insurance payment that resulted from several vehicles and other assets of the municipality that were burned down during a protest for service delivery in eMbalenhle.
It is quite ironic that the majority party is portraying the procurement and handover of these vehicles as an achievement as it resulted from disgruntled community members who were calling for service delivery in the first place.
In addition, it is apparent that the departments are not even able to use these vehicles as they are not equipped with Trackers as of yet. Upon learning that the municipality was planning on buying a number of bakkies and sedans, DA members in the Municipal Public Accounts Committee requested reasons for prioritising these vehicles while the municipality had a lack of compactor trucks and found itself in a crisis in terms of refuse removal.
The shocking response was that more vehicles could be bought, than trucks, with the amount of money available. Is this not common sense? Surely in this case, the “less is more” notion does apply! It would have been more reasonable to either procure the exact same kind of vehicles and machinery that were lost in the fire, whatever amount possible – or, to take stock of what is a necessity to deliver services more efficiently, such as the mentioned refuse removal trucks or a fire truck. There is only one fire truck available for Trichardt, Secunda, eMbalenhle, Evander and Kinross.
Furthermore, the DA was disappointed to learn that during an IDP (Integrated Development Programme) consultation that took place Thursday, 1 November, that none of these new vehicles was allocated to the Bylaw Unit.
The Bylaw Enforcement Unit is currently extremely incapacitated to exercise its function. This unit must constantly borrow vehicles from other departments to tend to Bylaw contraventions that are not only generating revenue for the municipality through fines, but also upholding the rule of law and keeping our towns clean from illegal dumping and unlicensed advertising and vendors.
The DA is however expecting and monitoring increased visibility of traffic law enforcement, since there are more vehicles available now to this function of the municipality. It is a shame that the residents of GMM must be tricked by the ANC into thinking that service delivery will now finally take place upon the procurement of these vehicles – as if it was the only thing that was holding back the failed and nearly bankrupt ANC-led municipality.
Communities would more readily benefit if the municipality were to spend the funds wisely, similar to how the DA Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba of the Johannesburg metro had remised his own travelling from the city’s budget and allocated it towards services; or similar to how the DA Executive Mayor Solly Msiminga of the Tshwane metro had sold off the mayoral mansion and built RDP houses for the poor.

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