Trouble is brewing at Matjhabeng municipality, as corruption that bankrupt the ailing municipality has left a burden of problems resting on its shoulders.
The current administration is battling to rampant acts of looting and the destruction of its infrastructure and properties.
Things have now become worse for Matjhabeng, as the department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has invoked section 106 of the Municipal Systems Act.
Matjhabeng is amongst the sixth out of 23 municipalities in the Free State that are under CoGTA’s close watcheye.
The select committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Water and Sanitation has previously raised concerns over the backlog cases of alleged impropriety within the municipalities.
A trickle-down impact of a lack of proper oversight and excessive debts in Matjhabeng, are among ailing factors, that led to the Free State Provincial Government to not bail out the crippled municipality in this year’s financial year.
Two cases of corruption are under probe at Matjhabeng
According to the findings, the municipality made R3 million payments of salaries into the wrong accounts.
CoGTA also found the endemic corruption of a scandalous storm water system project in Nyakallong that bankrupted the municipality over R15 million.
CoGTA stressed that the forensic report revealed that multimillion of rands were disbursed for no service rendered and no water was supplied to the residents.
Poor service delivery
Matjhabeng residents are facing poor service delivery, with several streets around Welkom flooded with sewer spillage.
Several parts in the municipality are confronted with spillages with a stench that permeates the homes of residents.
While others, complain of garbage that is left unattended, residents say their grievances have fallen on deaf ears.
In the other hand, municipal roads have collapsed with motorists battling to utilise some roads.
The Matjhabeng municipality has said in the past that illegal mining and vandalism have exacerbated service delivery.
The municipality says it will need more than a billion rand to remedy the situation.