Last week Friday, municipal staff in Merafong downed tools to attend a “wellness” event paid for by the residents of the municipality where boozing seemed to be the order of the day.
The DA received numerous complaints from residents who could not reach officials to pay their accounts or report service delivery issues.
Municipal officials started partying up a storm at the Merafong sports complex from 10:00am and continued well beyond 18h00. At one point, ER24 paramedics were called to the event to assist a staff member who had collapsed from overexertion.
Billed as a ‘Wellness Day’ to boost staff morale, photo footage shows at least 150 revelers consuming alcohol and food in full view of leaking drains.
This event is said to have set residents back R30 000.
While the ANC-led municipality decides to party, residents in Merafong have been left with little to celebrate. Serious challenges such as the leaking of reservoirs, unattended water leaks, staff looting, and serious payment backlogs to Eskom, Rand Water and Telkom are negatively impacting on service delivery.
In DA-led municipalities the practice of wasting money on celebrations has been stopped completely.
More than parties, what Merafong desperately needs is an administration that is fit for purpose and governs responsibly. A caring and responsive government where there is zero tolerance for corruption would be an enormous boost to staff morale and of increased benefit to the community.
The DA is investigating this party and will submit a request to the Mayor to ascertain what positive benefits this event will have for the residents of Merafong.