- The mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba's budget has been rejected and he's left having to change it
- The EFF has demanded that changes to the proposed water rates be made and Mashaba has agreed to do so
- If Mashaba's budget is not accepted before the end of June, the City of Johannesburg will be placed under administration
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba's suggested tariff rate increase has been rejected on Monday morning. Mashaba has compiled a R59 billion budget for sanitation, electricity, water, sewerage and refuse removal, but the opposition in the city council did not agree with his ideas.
This leads to fear that the City of Johannesburg could be put under administration by the government, if the budget is not accepted by the end of June.
Thanks to this rejection, Mashaba was sent to rethink and change his budget very quickly, according to reports from EWN. Mashaba needs his budget passed before the end of June, or the city will indeed face the dreaded administration.
Musa Novela of the Economic Freedom Fighters stated that the party will happily back the budget, but only if the tariff raises are lowered. The party does not sit well with a water tariff raise of 14.2%.
Mashaba has given in to the requests to consider lowering the tariffs and are now working on his budget with his budget committee. The mayor feels confident that the proposed changes will be accepted at the next meeting.
To prevent Jozi from being taken over by the ANC Gauteng government, quite a number of changes will need to be made to Mashaba's budget. Currently, the city is under DA control.
Briefly.co.za learned that during the last meeting, the EFF didn't vote and left the council unable to pass the budget because the votes stood at 113 to 105.
Next Monday will see a council sitting in which the budget will be finalised.
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