The mayor has been invited to join the South African government at the World Urban Forum in Malaysia in February. Ironically the objective of the World Urban Forum is to “improve the collective knowledge of sustainable urban development through inclusive open debates, sharing of lessons learned and the exchange of best practices and good policies.”
“The question now raised is what positive news about Madibeng is our mayor going to share with other world leaders,” asked Madibeng DA councillor Erna Rossouw. “Is she going to take some of Madibeng’s rotten water pipes with to illustrate good governance?”
During a council meeting last week, councillors were asked to approve the trip. The majority of councillors agreed, although all opposition parties opposed the decision and asked that their disagreement be noted. After it was approved, the council was informed that the newly appointed municipal manager, Morris Maluleka, was to accompany mayor Jostina Mothibi. The travelling and subsistence allowance for the executive mayor, with a current balance of over R500 000, will pay for the trip. It was approved that the council also provide the necessary funds for the mayor and municipal manager’s “out of pocket” expenses.
The Democratic Alliance has this week written to the Madibeng mayor, urging her to reconsider a R1 million overseas trip.
“We have also referred this matter to the DA Shadow Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Kevin Mileham MP to intervene on a national level to stop this trip This cash-strapped municipality cannot afford this extravagant expenditure and the trip must be cancelled. The municipality struggles monthly to meet its financial obligations. It owes millions to Eskom, Rand Water and other creditors. Furthermore, the town and surroundings are dilapidated with potholes in the roads, no water supply to large areas, a faulty sewerage system and many more problems. Yet the ANC sees fit to spend a huge amount of money on an overseas trip which will add almost no value to the town and its residents,” DA councillor JC van Rhyn said in a press release.”The Democratic Alliance in Madibeng is urging the Mayor and Municipal Manager to place the needs of their residents first and foremost and to not waste the people’s money on this unnecessary trip.We a need strong, corruption-free government that fulfills their mandate to provide services and create jobs.”