ECape municipality berated for failing to collect eight years’ lease funds


The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has accused the Blue Route Crane Route Local Municipality in the Karoo of failing to collect funds worth R114 000 from the African National Congress (ANC) over the last eight years, for the renting of the ruling party’s constituency office in Pearston.

In a statement, DA Constituency leader Vicky Knoetze said the matter, which was first brought to the attention of then MEC for Local Governance and Traditional Affairs Mlibo Qoboshiyane three years ago, failed to materialise, and that a further response from the Department in the form of a Parliamentary question, merely stated that matter was between the municipality and the ANC.

“The fact that the department is avoiding the questions by saying that they do not have jurisdiction is utterly unacceptable,” Knoetze said.

“This matter deals with public funds that are owed to the municipality. The fact is that the ANC is making free use of municipal office space. No revenue is collected for water, electricity or in terms of the lease agreement”.

Knoetze said the party would again submit an application for current Local Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Fikile Xasa, to investigate and address the matter.

“The town is still suffering from flood damage from 2010. Damaged bridges and exposed sewerage pipes have never been repaired [and are] not budgeted in the new IDP (Integrated Development Plan),” she said.

“DA councillors in Blue Crane will once again take up this issue on a municipal level. Failing to do so, the DA will consider taking legal action in order to force the municipality to carry out its administrative duties”.


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