Madibeng in a mess

A truckload of rubbish was dumped on the Madibeng municipality’s doorstep early on Saturday morning, turning the municipal building into a refuse dump.

At this stage it is not known who dumped the rubbish as no eyewitnesses have come forward. What makes it even stranger is that people in a taxi arrived a few hours later and cleaned up the mess, a Brits resident told Kormorant. “We were looking at the mess at the municipal building when a taxi stopped. People jumped out and started cleaning up. Then a small truck arrived, the refuse was loaded and they drove away,” she said.

Madibeng has not been collecting municipal waste for the past week as its fleet of vehicles were immobilised last week after they failed to pay the contractor from which they rent the fleet. The municipality reportedly rents vehicles from BertoBrite at a whopping R9 million per month.

The municipality can currently deliver no services where vehicles are needed. In the mean time, sewage spills and water leaks have been reported all over Hartbeespoort and Brits while the municipality is unable to do any maintenance.

The municipality was placed under administration once again last week. According to reports the former administrator, Advocate Johny Motlogelwa, is expected back in the administrator’s chair this week. Kormorant is waiting for the municipality’s response on the situation.