Criminal Charges against Knysna Municipality for Service Delivery Collapse

Issued by Dr Dion George MP – DA Constituency Head, Knysna
10 Apr 2024 in Press Statements

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The DA welcomes and supports the Western Cape Government laying criminal charges against the Knysna Municipality for failing to implement directives issued by the Provincial Department of Local Government.

The ANC/EFF/PA/PBI coalition of corruption has brought Knysna to its knees. Service delivery in Knysna has collapsed to the extent that the Western Cape Department of Local Government had to issue two directives to the Municipality to attempt to force them into action and address the myriad of problems. A mounting pile of rubbish in the centre of town, raw sewage running into the lagoon, a water crisis that remains unresolved, and a financial crisis, are among the many issues impacting the residents of the municipality.

The DA-run Western Cape Government has put together a recovery plan with key action-steps that will help to improve the situation in Knysna, but this coalition of corruption is unable and unwilling to implement this plan.

The DA will work relentlessly to ensure the residents of Knysna get the services they deserve and that the coalition of corruption is held to account. This includes pursuing the municipal manager, Mr Ombali Sebola, whose appointment was irregular form the outset, with criminal charges and making sure that he is held to account and imprisoned if necessary.