The embattled Mangaung Metro Municipality has managed to approve the budget for fiscal year 2022/23. The budget vote was postponed last week over fears of disruption.
The community was recently placed under administration. This has led to a limitation of the Council’s decision-making powers.
The passage of the budget caused confusion among Council members as several Council members abstained.
Service Delivery and Revenue Collection
Some ANC councilors called for a recount, claiming that confusion left some members unable to vote. However, opposition parties accused the ANC of delaying the process, citing factional fighting within the ruling party. Some ANC members abstained.
In drawing up the budget, Mxolisi Siyonzana, acting mayor of Mangaung Metro, said the metro will prioritize service provision and revenue generation.
“We would be lying to ourselves if we could even believe that you are satisfied with the quality of service delivery in Mangaung. The dissatisfaction voiced during the recent presidential gimmick, including many other complaints made before my office and council members, have not fallen on deaf ears. With the support of the national administration team, we will ensure that we honor our commitments, including responding appropriately to complaints raised with us,” says Siyonzana.
Budget rejected by appeal
Opposition parties have rejected the budget, saying it is unfunded, unrealistic and remains a dream on paper. Dulandi Leech, city councilor at the procuratorate in Mangaung Metro Municipality, says the budget fails to address challenges in service delivery.
“What is being implemented, however, is the ANC’s plan to continue to get a grip on the economy and deprive the citizens of Mangaung and South Africa of their hard-earned money. Mangaung citizens have to pay additional tariff increases, electricity, water, sewage and waste much higher than the 5.9 percent inflation rate and not what you budgeted for,” says an angry leech.
EFF council member Baba Sebolao shared views similar to Leech’s, saying the budget forecast is unrealistic.
“May I deal with matters that are troubling the people of Mangaung? Garbage collection, the city is dirty and dirty, but we see garbage collection budget. Let’s not be taken for a fool here. We see parks and open spaces being turned into landfills by members of the community simply because the community fails to collect garbage. We see an unrealistic projection of garbage collection,” Sebolao says.
According to FF PLUS, Mangaung residents only pay for services when they are delivered.
“Speakers have to pay for the provision of services, we hear it all the time, but only when the services have actually been provided. the community must earn duties and taxes, not just collect them. Tax and duty payments must have value,” says FF PLUS Councilor Mare-Lize Thomson.
AASD council member Lucky Mongale says they should also focus on other areas in Mangaung.
“Our problem is that you never pay attention to the people of Mangaung. This budget is not about the people of Mangaung. It’s about people adopting a park when there are kids who sleep on an empty stomach,” says Mongale.
Mangaung is now under the control of the national government after prolonged instability, financial crises and poor service delivery. The intervention team is tasked with restoring stability and solving financial problems.
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