The stage is ready for a major shake-up at the Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) – the poster child for corruption and maladministration in Gauteng – after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ground-breaking State of the Nation address last week.
President Ramaphosa, also addressing Executive Mayors from across the country in Parliament, made it clear radical transformation would apply as much to local government as the economy, land issues and state-owned enterprises.
Emfuleni’s Executive Mayor Jacob Khawe is understood to be in position for a shake-up at ELM some time before Ramaphosa’s meteoric rise to power last week.
Plans for a new streamlined executive management team at ELM to replace corrupt patronage networks and factionalised management are also understood to be far advanced.
Reliable sources said new posts would be advertised soon to put “new and clean” leadership in place.
This follows an intensive review by Mayor Khawe recently to assess and review each and every ELM function and performance. This was followed by another lekgotla with the local ANC to achieve a collective political mandate.
Khawe’s success in uniting local ANC factions is seen as a major political coup as is his active engagement and cooperation with especially the business community and churches.
Inside sources informed Mooivaal Media that Mayor Khawe had laid the basis for a recovery process for ELM by starting an ongoing process of consultation and trust-building with a wide spectrum of stakeholders internal and external.
His approach has reflected that of President Ramaphosa and it seems they share the same concerns about service delivery and corruption. Turning ELM around is vital for the electoral chances of the ANC in Gauteng in 2019 and that means a radically different approach may be required.
Khawe is said to be extremely concerned at deteriorating infrastructure and service delivery but had noted excellent work by a few dedicated senior managers who kept things together in recent months often at the cost of their own health.
Another major concern is said to be escalating theft of ELM property despite millions being spent every month on security.
Khawe must create trust in ELM in both townships and suburbs to urgently address two vital issues – corruption/maladministration and insufficient revenue generation.
There is going to be no sustainable revenue generation – especially by expanding smart meters – without a systematic campaign against maladministration and all forms of corruption. – Editorial comment by Craig Kotze