Former Merafong Mayor rewarded with deployment to Gauteng Legislature, while residents continue to suffer

09 Sep 2021 in Press Statements

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng notes with deep concern the deployment of the disgraced former ANC Mayor of Merafong, Sara Madinge Letsie, to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL).

Letsie was complicit in the illegal R50 million investment with VBS Mutual Bank, which will never be recovered.

The swearing-in of Letsie as a member of the GPL for the ANC is just another case of cadre deployment despite her not looking after the best interests of our ratepayers.

Letsie was ousted as Merafong Mayor by her own caucus on 1 April 2021 and replaced by acting Mayor Mogomotsi Sello. Since then, Merafong ratepayers have been short-changed as Letsie did not make any meaningful contribution in Council or work with residents to improve their lives.

It is clear that the ANC-led government in this province is only looking after their own interests and not that of the public at large.

Service delivery in Merafong has all but collapsed and instead of bringing those officials responsible to book, they are instead deployed to another position within government.

If Letsie’s track record and the work ethic she displayed in Merafong is anything to go by, the GPL will have gained nothing but another cadre who is not fit for purpose.

It is clear that the residents, not only of Merafong, but of Gauteng, in general, are in desperate need of a change in government. A government that will put their needs first and not their own.

Where the DA governs, we ensure that we do so in a transparent manner and make sure that every rand spent is done so in the interest of our people.

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