AASD seeks to restore financial stability in besieged municipality of Mangaung – SABC News

“There is a lack of accountability and a legitimate deficit. There is no trust because they are not accountable to the community, they are only responsible to themselves. Thus, by creating and strengthening neighborhood committees, by giving them the means to participate, we believe that this would allow the municipality to meet the needs of the community.

In the 2019 national elections, the AASD ran for seats in the National Assembly, as well as in the Free State and Northern Cape legislatures.

It was running for office for the first time since its inception.

He says he believes that an effective participatory citizen democracy is the foundation for determining the will and mandate of the people.

The party was formed in response to what the party calls a lack of political and administrative accountability on the part of the government at different levels.

Mangaung in the Free State was declared a metropolitan municipality after the 2011 local elections.

Financial situation

Since 2016, the financial situation of the metro had deteriorated to such an extent that the unspent conditional grants, namely the grant for the development of urban establishments, the municipal disaster recovery grant and the grant for the public transport network, were used to finance operational activities.

This had a negative impact on the development of infrastructure. Persistent failures in financial management resulted in non-payment of suppliers within 30 days. In particular, long-owed amounts to the Water Board resulted in regular interruptions in the water supply, which was a violation of the basic human needs of citizens.

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