The African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg accuses Mayor Mayor Herman Mashaba of using MMC sacking to cover his tracks amid continued problems in the city’s revenue department.
Today in the morning Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba in consultation with his party Democratic Alliance (DA) announced the sacking of the City’s MMC for finance, Rabelani Dagada citing the financial irregularities and maladministration.
“Herman Mashaba’s firing of MMC for finance, Rabelani Dagada is a feeble attempt at sidetracking from the actual issue at hand, which is the mismanagement of the City’s finances under his watch.” said ANC in a statement following the announcement of Dagada exit.
“Mashaba’s actions are a desperate attempt to portray himself as a Savior.
“The imminent firing of councilor Dagada comes amid continued problems in the city’s revenue department regarding the escalating billing crisis, which in the words of mayor Mashaba ‘has reached unprecedented proportions’.
“The lousy leadership of the DA has seen R284 million in grants being sent back to National Treasury as it was unspent by the DA administration during the 2016/2017 financial year.
“Mashaba and the DA are now sitting at 44.62% in terms of debt to ratio income, meaning, the DA administration will not be able to borrow money from financial institutions to carry out infrastructure projects.
“This administration has taken away money meant for the tarring of roads and storm water projects in Orange Farm, Doornkop and Ivory Park, as well as money from the infrastructure upgrades of hostels.
“Under Mashaba’s leadership the executive management team of the revenue department has changed three times in 12 months, he has destabilised City Power, a key revenue contributor, by dismissing the Managing Director.
“Mashaba also fired the City’s group chief financial officer.
“Although the DA is finally acknowledging that there is indeed a problem, they are still failing to deal with the source of the problem, Herman Mashaba.
“The ANC Greater Johannesburg Region thus calls for the DA to fire Mayor Mashaba, who is the source of the current financial crisis facing the City of Johannesburg with immediate effect.”