Tlokwe scraps over R90 million of residents’ debt
Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:42:00
The Tlokwe Local Municipality says it had to scrap over R90 million of debt owed to the municipality by needy residents. The municipality provides services to a bigger township called Ikageng, Mohadin as well as Promosa.
It says some residents within these areas are poor and cannot afford to pay for their services. About 90% of residents pay for services such as water and electricity at the council buildings.
Tlokwe has in recent years been hotly contested.
“In 2014 we wrote off about R92 million of bad debt, of all those indigents and all those who said they could not afford to pay their
debts to the municipality. We wrote it off, and started everybody on a clean slate,” says Tlokwe Mayor Khotso Khumalo.
However, opposition parties accuse the ruling African National Congress of misusing public funds.
“The ruling party is abusing the resources of the municipality, as well as this town. We would be far, if it wasn’t the case. So, the
challenge is the abuse of resources, as well as self-enrichment and selfishness within the ruling party,” says Congress of the People Spokesperson Kenneth Maduna.
– By Itumeleng Kgajane