NW COGHSTA MEC ignores service delivery concerns of Greater Taung Ward 20 residents

Issued by Sello Seitlholo MP – DA Constituency Head, Greater Taung Local Municipality
13 Nov 2023 in Press Statements

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The DA in the Greater Taung Local Municipality has written to the North West MEC of COGHSTA, Nono Maloyi, regarding which steps he has taken to address the service delivery concerns of Ward 20 residents. See letter here.

The DA has engaged with leaders of the Ward 20 People’s Forum in Kameelputs Village, who indicated that MEC Maloyi ignored requests for intervention in the ongoing service delivery collapse in Ward 20 under the representation of the ANC Councillor, Itumeleng Maribe.

The Forum accused Cllr Maribe of failing to address the terrible condition of roads, the destruction and vandalization of several RDP houses, and cadre deployment in the recruitment of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers. High-mast lights installed four years ago have not worked a single day since, despite residents reporting the complaint numerous times to Cllr Maribe.

The Greater Taung Executive Mayor, Cllr Tumisang Gaoraelwe, and the Speaker, Cllr Grace Moipolia, have also been accused of being by-standers and allowing Cllr Maribe to get away with his alleged corruption.

The Forum submitted several letters, including a memorandum to the Office of the Premier on 28 June 2023, and to MEC Maloyi requesting his intervention in the alleged corruption, nepotism, and cadre deployment at the hands of Ward Councillor Maribe.

The DA in Greater Taung, as part of our whole-of-society approach towards rescuing South Africa from the disastrous failed governance of the ANC, will work closely with the community stakeholders like the Forum. We will apply pressure on MEC Maloyi to immediately respond to the concerns residents have raised with him and launch an investigation into Cllr Maribe’s conduct.

Residents in Greater Taung who have endured the brunt of poor governance, collapsed service delivery, corruption, and fraud, have an opportunity to register to vote DA this weekend. On 18 and 19 November 2023, residents should visit their local voting stations to ensure that they are correctly registered to vote in next year’s election. Only a DA-led government can rescue Greater Taung and South Africa from complete failure.