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DA explains why it walked out of the Enoch Mgijima Municipality SOMA

Jun 1, 2018
DA explains why it walked out of the Enoch Mgijima Municipality SOMA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) caucus of the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) on Thursday walked out of the State of the Municipality Address (SOMA) in protest.

"The DA could not sit idly by while the African National Congress (ANC) misused state funds for a SOMA that was treated like an ANC election party," explained Terri Stander MP - Enoch Mgijima Constituency Leader.

"The tent, tables, chairs, sound system hire, catering and transport for 1 000 people is estimated to be over R250 000."

Stander said that this while EMLM is in dire financial straits:

  • The Minister of Finance has denounced the Municipality’s adopted budget as unfunded fiction;
  • The Auditor General found over R1 billion of unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure for the last financial year;
  • The Municipality is bankrupt and has no financial recovery plan;
  • The Municipality again faces electricity cuts because it failed to pay Eskom last week to honour a payment plan agreement;
  • No action has been taken to recover over R3.2 million stolen by ten ANC Councillors.

"The DA is concerned that the ANC can pay for a party, but do not care that the people often suffer without water, electricity and proper road infrastructure," she added.

"The DA in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro held their previous SOMA in a Municipal building and provided no catering. A SOMA should not cost more than an ordinary sitting of Council."