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Emfuleni appoints 19 new assistants and researchers to the tune of R15 million per year

VAAL TRIANGLE - The Democratic Alliance says at the cost of R15 million a year, the ANC in Emfuleni Local Municipality has appointed 10 Executive Assistants to the Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) and nine researchers to the political parties represented in Council. The DA Caucus Leader in Emfuleni Local Municipality, Cllr Tebogo Tlhokwe, said in a statement the municipality has no money to pay for service delivery fundamentals like replacement of transformers, maintenance of infrastructure and yet they are willing to spend at least R15 million yearly on these positions. Tlhokwe said the municipality is currently running on an unfunded budget with no sustainable cash flow. He said Emfuleni is struggling to pay Eskom and Rand Water as the accumulated debt currently stands at R5 billion. According to Tlhokwe, there are several other creditors that the municipality owes and yet they are willing to add further financial constraints through unnecessary positions. He said if these positions are needed then we do not need the Executive Directors as they should already serve as advisors to the MMCs. Tlhokwe said the R15 million that has been proposed should be redirected towards improving service delivery needs such as the maintenance of municipal vehicles, repairing potholes and taking care of the municipal infrastructure.


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