DA lashes out at metro’s ‘thank you parties’

Democratic Alliance caucus leader, Ghaleb Cachalia, is gob smacked that barely five months since he took office and promised to curb wasteful expenditure, mayor Mzwandile Masina hosted a series of “thank you parties” in Ekurhuleni.

“This extravaganza would have required weeks of planning and preparation and the DA simply cannot understand how Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality could possibly have adhered to all the required local and national laws governing noise pollution and fireworks with no communication to the SPCA or residents located around the stadium [Dries Niemandt Park].

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“The metro’s offices were closed except for emergency services and it is appalling that residents had no course of action to question the metro’s planned party.

“The DA plans to question Clr Masina on several issues, the most notable of which is the suspected link between the organising company, Clr Masina and the ANC. Questions will also be posed to the mayor about who these so-called ‘thank you’ parties would benefit. The metro seems to be falling apart at the seams, with constant power failures, water and sewage leaks left unattended for days, potholes ignored to name but a few of the infrastructural problems within the metro,” Cachalia said.

“This event will in no way benefit the poorest of the poor, either. The DA plans to question whether the ticket sales will cover the costs involved in paying for this event and what benefit this will have on the lives of those who live within the metro.

“Our communities are suffering and quite honestly, it is an insult to thank the many hard working residents who on a daily basis are frustrated that their hard earned money isn’t being spent on proper, effective basic services. Maybe the mayor should travel along main arterials in peek hour traffic to witness the daily struggle of getting to and from work with the many failing traffic lights out for days at a time and the mass of other dangers on the roads.

“Celebrations should be about having made positive improvements in the lives of the metro’s residents rather than simply for holding on to power.”

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