Since the departure of disgraced former Emfuleni Local Municipality Mayor, Simon Mofokeng, and the appointment of a new ANC Mayor, Jacob Khawe late last year, nothing appears to have changed.
Last week in the Legislature Portfolio Committee on Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, the committee heard that Emfuleni cannot manage to get its financial house in order.
The committee was told that Emfuleni once again submitted their Service Level Agreement (SLA) late last year, therefore funds were only transferred to Library Services in the fourth quarter of this financial year.
This means, library services will only be fully operational later this year.
Residents are still facing considerable challenges in the municipality. Libraries are essential in ensuring that communities are able to access information, young people are able to seek jobs and have a safe place to study.
Emfuleni deserves a new beginning and a turnaround strategy that will see residents benefitting from a well-functioning and clean government.
Total change is required to get rid of the rot that has been plaguing the municipality for many years.
The DA has submitted questions on the financial state of libraries, what the circumstances and consequences are because of the carelessness of submitting information to the Provincial government on time and how officials will be held accountable.