The information technology company that was responsible for the shutdown of the Madibeng municipality’s operations last week, seem to be holding the municipality’s information and communications technology (ICT) equipment ransom for R22 million, while its director/owner is currently serving a suspended sentence after being convicted of fraud.
The Madibeng Local Municipality is one of ten in the North West Province that is dysfunctional.
Sewage spills in Hartbeespoort have now become a health threat and it is feared that boreholes in the area might now be polluted.
The bankrupt Madibeng Municipality, that is struggling to pay it service providers, now wants to send its mayor and newly appointed municipal manager to Malaysia at a whopping cost of over a R1 million.
The Madibeng municipality owes just short of R60 million to bulk water suppliers and the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane announced on Monday that municipalities that have failed to honour outstanding water bills, have until early next month to start paying their debt or the water will be choked.
‘n Gesondheidsrisiko dreig in Hartbeespoort na vier rioolpompstasies die afgelope week vir vyf dae buite werking was weens verstopte hooflyne. Riool het in erwe, dreine, strate en selfs in wasbakke opgestoot.
Amid inside information that Madibeng once again owes Eskom more than R40 million the High Court threw a lifeline to the industrial area in Brits ordering the electricity supply company not to cut the power supply to local factories.
“It is an open secret that councillors and council officials continue to gain weight due to overeating while the majority of residents sleep with an empty stomach.”
Electricity supply to the Madibeng municipal area will be cut by Eskom early in January if Madibeng does not pay its outstanding account of over R90 million.
All the votes for Madibeng have been counted and the final results were release at 13:00 on Friday.
Vote counting at the Independent Election Commission centre in Pretoria slowed down at 09:00 on Friday morning in order to give their staff a break before the last few votes will be counted this afternoon.