Municipality spends on parties, not toilets

Durban – The Sisonke district municipality has been slammed for mismanagement and incompetence after spending over a million rand on a jazz festival while pit toilets were overflowing in townships.

Over R1.6m was allegedly spent on hosting a music festival, providing alcohol and entertaining councillors at the recent Ugu Jazz Festival in Port Shepstone, the Daily News reported.

Meanwhile, pit toilets were overflowing and water supply to four other towns had been cut, with “financial constraints” said to be the reason.

The DA said the municipality claimed to be unable to drain the pit toilets due to lack of funds, causing sewage to seep onto streets in some areas.

A municipal spokesperson said the festival was necessary to showcase tourism in the province and denied that the municipality was not draining pit toilets.

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