Widespread service delivery issues at municipality that deposited R245m into VBS account‚ DA says

“As councillors‚ we received a communiqué recently that we are not allowed to claim for travel costs until the end of November. This will affect the servicing of our constituencies‚” Kgwedi said.

He said the municipality had budgeted R60-million for capital projects and this figure had since been lowered.

“These projects are not going to be finished‚ including a sports complex in Ward 22. This is because money for this project has been deposited into the bank [VBS]‚” Kgwedi said.

He also cited an electrification project which was designed to electrify the villages in the municipalities.

“The project has not been realised.”

Kgwedi said the party proposed a motion in council on July 12‚ which was struck off the council programme. In that motion‚ the DA called for an investigation into the depositing of the municipality’s funds into VBS. It also called for the suspension of officials implicated and the laying of charges against those involved.

Kgwedi said the party had opened a criminal case at the Burgersfort Police Station against municipal officials who had deposited funds with VBS.

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