The FF Plus says that the Maluti-a-Phofung local municipality in the Free State is one of the biggest failures in the province, and serves as proof that the ANC is not capable of governing any municipality sustainably.
The party says the municipal manager, Futhuli Mothamaha, increased the chief financial officer, Jeremiah Baleni-Mazinyo's, as well as his own salary by R440 000 and R 563 000 per year respectively within the first month of service. About 1400 municipal workers' salaries were also increased by 28% during the Covid-19 period whilst the municipality remained largely closed.
The FF Plus says that no municipal accounts for this municipality were delivered between 2017 and 2019, and the enormous loss of income contributed to R 5 300 000 000 in Eskom debt. In addition, about R 167 000 000 is needed to increase the delivery capacity. These power problems have apparently already resulted in foreign investors withdrawing projects worth R 540 000 000.
The party further says that not a single water purification plant works in the municipality, and this causes, among other things, large-scale pollution of the Wilge and Vaal rivers.
Source: Overvaal Stereo