Broke and broken Emfuleni hopes to free itself from ANC stranglehold
Other parties aim for a workable coalition after ANC slips from 55.63% of the vote in 2016 to 39.71% this year
The Emfuleni municipality — often described as one of the worst in SA and now one of the hung councils after local government elections — has been under provincial administration since 2018.
It is beset by infrastructure problems that have turned some streets into rivers of sewage so bad the Human Rights Commission has deemed it a human rights violation, while other roads have potholes so big that residents have been pictured swimming in them.
According to Gauteng human settlements, urban planning, cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Lebogang Maile, Emfuleni’s debt stood at R4.6bn at the beginning of the year. It owed R1.3bn to Rand Water and R1.9bn to Eskom. Eskom recently won a summary judgment to attach the municipality’s assets, including its bank account, to recoup some of the money...