ANC-led Ekurhuleni leaves 90% of petitions by communities unresolved
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ekurhuleni is appalled by the fact that 90 percent of issues raised through petitions, which were dealt with between January and June this year remains unresolved. Even more worrying is that these petitions date as far back as 2017.
One has to wonder how the City of Ekurhuleni got to be named the best metro in Gauteng when a report from the Public Participation and Petitions Standing Committee shows that departments are constantly ignoring issues raised by residents in Ekurhuleni.
Taking into consideration that a petition by the residents is one of the ways the public expresses their wishes with council; it cannot be ‘business-as-usual’ that 9 out of 10 issues they raise are not resolved by council.
The DA believes that the mayor of Ekurhuleni, Cllr Mzwandile Masina, should step up to the plate and ensure that all Departments attend to petitions submitted to council.
The DA strongly believes that an intervention is needed to turnaround the poor rate at which petitions are being addressed.
As part of the DA’s turnaround strategy, it would be to ensure that a task team is established with the aim of constantly liaising with the residents on the progress being made as an attempt to speed up response on every petition submitted.
It is only the DA that remains committed to building One South Africa for All.