The Democratic Alliance (DA) has alleged that the ANC-led City of Ekurhuleni has spent R70 million on the construction of a new substation in Ward 12, Phomolong, Tembisa, and yet all there is to show for the project is a single building next to an open piece of land.
In a statement made available to SurgeZirc on Monday, the DA’s Mayoral candidate for Ekurhuleni, Refiloe Nt’sekhe alleged that the station which was to be completed in 2020, has been all but abandoned with no signs of work taking place.
His statement partly reads: “In a municipality which averages well over 1000 power outages a day, it is inconceivable that a much-needed project such as this has been left incomplete.
“Like many other wasteful projects which I have seen across Ekurhuleni, this substation stands testament to the service delivery that residents have received from this administration.
“Sadly, it comes as no surprise that this substation has been left incomplete.
“Like many of the other projects I have seen, from trading stalls for informal traders to incomplete housing projects, ultimately this substation stands a high chance of falling victim to vandalism and possible destruction by residents who feel aggrieved that their needs have not been attended to.
“The millions of Rands worth of wasteful expenditure projects that I have seen that litter the landscape of Ekurhuleni is treasonous.”
Nt’sekhe noted that Ekurhuleni under a DA administration will usher in tight fiscal controls will be put in place to ensure that public money is spent wisely.
“As Mayor, I will make sure that those who have abandon projects are made to pay back this money and that public servants who have allowed such wastage to take place are held to account,” he said.