JOBURG TARIFF HIKES: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS WAS INADEQUATE, SAYS MMC

JOHANNESBURG- The City of Johannesburg’s MMC of Finance Funzela Ngobeni has admitted the public participation process on the proposed tariff hikes was inadequate.

The African National Congress (ANC), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF ) and the Patriotic Alliance again rejected the proposed hikes in Mayor Herman Mashaba’s budget, this has highlighted fears that the plan can not be implemented before the end of this month.

Mashaba delivered his budget for Johannesburg last week and the opposition in the city the ANC rejected the R59 billion budget, however the EFF abstained from the vote.

EFF’s Musa Novela said the process did not take city’s residents inputs and their comments on the proposed tariff hikes.

“You can’t go out and say you’re going on a public participation process but all the comments made, you see nothing about them (the public).”

MMC for Finance in the city Ngobeni has agreed that public participation was inadequate.

“We note the concerns by councillors with regards to the public participation process that was inadequate.”

The mayor Herman Mashaba will now have to make amendments to the tariff increases, change the budget and present it again next Monday.

Photo Credit- Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

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