YCLSA Greater Tshwane District statement on service delivery and corruption
18 July 2012
The Young Communist League of South Africa [uFasimba] in Greater Tshwane District has noted reports in the media (e.g. Pretoria News 12 July 2012) about protests in the former Metsweding area of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. Particular cadres of our movement are isolated and accused to have been behind the protests. Such reports are characteristic of palace politics involving character assassination of innocent comrades as a way of trying to get to the top of cheap popularity-seeking politics and appeasing tenderpreneurs in return for patronage. By the way a section of the factionalists who engage in such disgusting acts were part of unrecognised parallel conference held in Tshwane in the name of the ANC, which is wrong in the extreme.
The reality is that following the incorporation of the larger part of the former Metsweding District Municipality the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality became the largest metropolitan municipality not only in the country but also bigger than many in the world. This welcome step in the right direction brought about its own challenges to service delivery in addition to those that were inherited from the former Metsweding District Municipality.
Particularly the challenges of service delivery in the former Metsweding District Municipality are not new. Its incorporation in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality was partially motivated by the need to resolve those challenges. It is our well considered view that efforts must continue and intensify to reposition the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and capacitate it in terms of both human and material resources to become responsive and effective to service delivery in general inclusive of the associated challenges inherited from the former Metsweding District Municipality.
There have also been investigations into allegations of corruption by officials in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. As the YCLSA we want the report from the investigations to be brought to the public as one of the principles of good governance in particular transparency. And should any wrongdoing be found action must be taken in line with our movement’s election manifesto for fight crime and corruption. If any wrongdoing has been found concealing the report to the public and not taking action could be tantamount to corruption.
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