by Ina Cilliers MPL – DA Constituency Head: Merafong
Residents of Fochville have been put in danger by the Westrand District Municipality as the fire station in the area is closing due to the fact that the municipality has not paid the owner of the building since October 2018.
The owner of the building is owed R140 000 by the errant ANC municipality. This matter has been taken to court, and an order attaching the fire station’s equipment has been issued.
While it is believed that the station will be relocating to Wedela in May, some distance from Fochville, they will be unable to deal with emergency situations due to their equipment being attached by the court.
With the weather turning colder as we approach winter, there is an increased risk of fires as people try to keep warm.
The Fire Brigade is a critical emergency service that must be on stand-by 24/7.
The inability of dedicated firefighters to carry out their jobs is yet another example of ANC government bungling that has put the lives of residents in harm’s way.
I will write to Cooperative Governance MEC, Uhuru Moiloa and demand to know why the municipality has failed to pay the rent on this building, when the money owed will be paid, when the attached equipment will be replaced and where the fire station will be relocated to.
It is a disgrace that the ANC’s financial mismanagement has once again threatened the safety of residents.