JOHANNESBURG: City of Johannesburg executive mayor Mr Geoff Makhubo has hit out at the city’s previous administration.
Mr Makhubo, who took over the city of gold from former mayor Mr Herman Mashaba in 2019, made the remarks while delivering his State of the City Address on Tuesday.
Mr Mashaba championed the insourcing of workers and did away with outsourcing. But Mr Makhubo said this opened doors for corruption, where systems were abused.
“The policies of insourcing although well intended, good intentions were peppered with maladministration and corruption threatening the stability of the institution from within and outside,” explained Mr Makhubo.
“Moreover, the city’s internal systems neared collapse, low revenue collection, financial mismanagement was high, record irregular expenditure, absence of the city on all international platforms, and demoralised local government staff among a myriad of challenges,” he said.
Mr Makhubo added that when the ANC-led administration took office, there was an emergency of institutional governance.
“We inherited an institution not only lacking experience but one that was riddled with governance failures, in areas of procurement,” said Mr Makhubo.
Mr Makhubo further said the city should urgently address the scourge of land invasion.
The city has seen a rise of land invasion in recent years at some of the land earmarked for development.
“Unlawful occupation of land is largely caused by jumping the queue of housing allocation, the criminal act of illegal selling of land, and the encouragement of unlawful land occupation for political gain and financial gain.”
The mayor added that the municipality will continue issuing title deeds in order to deal with the housing backlog.
“The city is continuously responding to the much-needed human and social development aspect of our social fabric.
“This is evidenced in the handing out of title deeds; addressing the housing backlog by providing home-seekers serviced stands to build houses for themselves, the formalization of informal settlements through electrification, water and sewer management; as well as the rollout of low-cost social housing developments.”