ActionSA Implores CoJ Finance MMC to Clarify City’s Financial Position

The ActionSA Joburg Caucus is gravely concerned about the financial status of the City of Johannesburg. With a budget of approximately R80.9 billion, the City should be in a position to honour its financial obligations but the opposite is the case.

ActionSA Joburg Caucus has been reliably informed that Joburg Theatre (SOC) LTD which is affectionately known as Stages has suspended all hospitality and catering services owing to the outstanding payments by the city.

The City owes Stages more than R2, 9 million, this includes among other things, food provided for the councillors during their sittings and other City activities.

This begs the question as to how many service providers this Government of Local Unity owes. Is this the reason why the previous Council Sitting was cancelled?

ActionSA Joburg Caucus has always maintained that the current administration under Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda is a fiasco.

What we have witnessed in the City of Johannesburg since this administration took over, has never been witnessed since the dawn of democracy.

We have seen service delivery crumbling under this current administration.

To add insult to injury, more than 3 000 employees who are supposed to be serving the residents of the City of Johannesburg are currently ‘working from home”. However, they are doing so without access to their work emails and landlines.

ActionSA Joburg Caucus views this move as a clear sabotage to the residents of the City. The Government of Local Unity is hell bent on crippling a world class city.

We therefore call upon all service providers who have rendered their services to the City of Johannesburg yet have not received any payment to come forward.

ActionSA believes in ethical leadership and transparency; we have a moral obligation to highlight these shenanigans within our city.