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South Africa: Activists Demand End to Misappropriation of Funds and Wasteful Expenditure

category southern africa | community struggles | opinion / analysis author Thursday January 09, 2014 14:56author by Mzee - Tokologo African Anarchist Collective Report this post to the editors

Khutsong’s Corrupt Municipality

Once we stop thinking as individuals and start thinking as a working class group, change will become possible.

Our country’s conditions have gotten worse and worse in many ways. There is corruption, inequality and limited freedom for the masses. Someone has to stand up and say “Enough is enough! We need better education, more jobs and people-driven development plans.”

We are calling for change now!

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Only people-driven and democratically-decided solutions based on solidarity and human well-being offer genuine ways out of the crisis.

These ways out must include resisting self-enriching politicians, and arrogant bosses. These politicians use their positions, and any information entrusted to them, to enrich themselves and to benefit improperly and personally.

To indicate some fraudulent activity in Khutsong: it will be remembered there was substantial damage during the massive 2006-2007 struggles to prevent the Khutsong (and Merafong) being transferred from Gauteng province.

The former Municipal Manager Mr E. M. Leseane, in his report to the “Strydom Loss Adjusters” for the “Khutsong Displaced Community Loss Adjusters and Assessment of Claims,” has shown that the municipal councilors displaced in the demarcation unrest have made exorbitant and fraudulent claims for damages to their property and household contents.

This is just one example. Community activists are calling for:

• All people involved in fraudulent and corrupt activities be charged;
• Action to be taken against municipal employees involved in awarding a tender for brick-making machinery without following proper procedures;
• Charges against two officials from the Department of Social Development involved in the disappearance of funds for a brick plant amounting to R1.4 million;
• The release of the Phandahawu forensic audit report that demonstrates a massive problem and corruption within the Merafong City Municipality.
There is a continuous waste of money in disciplinary cases against corrupt employees. This is consuming a lot of state funds: one case under review, F. Cariya vs Merafong Municipality, has cost R19 767.60 so far; the case of S, Gaeganelwe R126 616.38, and the case of the Municipal Manager, R616 791.19. And none of these cases have been won by municipality; hence they are under review.

Sooner rather than later, we can expect the government, in all spheres, to take measures to shift the burden of crisis onto the shoulders of the working class. Already workers and communities face even greater hardships.

For many working class and poor people, expectations have formed into impatience. Both workers and the community have signaled their dissatisfaction and frustration with the circumstances by resorting to strikes and protests.

Related Link: http://zabalaza.net/2014/01/09/activists-demand-end-to-...lity/
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