The financially crippled Emfuleni Municipality splashed more than R5 million on grave digging services.
Gauteng Cocgta MEC Lebogang Maile, revealed that Emfuleni awarded the grave digging contract to Sobangena Trading JV Spinks Trading and Inkokheli Business Enterprise with effect from 24 May 2018 till 23 April 2021.
Sobangena Trading JV Spinks Trading has been paid R2 266 782.47 and Inkokheli Business Enterprise has been paid R 3 173 397.18. The identity of the contractors only surfaced recently.
In total, the municipality has paid R 5 440 179.65 for grave digging. MEC Maile also divulged that Emfuleni lacks capacity to render the grave digging service internally.
The revelations were met with anger by the local leadership of DA who felt that the municipality was getting its priorities wrong.
“It is worrying that this municipality which is facing a serious cash flow problem continues to outsource services that can be done internally. This money could have been used to buy necessary equipment and tools needed for grave digging as well as creating employment opportunities for the local residents,” said DA Constituency Head of Emfuleni North MPL Kingsol Chabalala.
The DA is urging the MEC to put a stop on EML’s unnecessary outsourcing as part of his interventions to save this municipality.