The Bushbuckridge Chamber of Business, Bushbuckridge Taxi Association, Informal Traders and other businesses under the chamber marched to the headquarters of the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality to hand over a memorandum of grievances on Thursday, the 11th of April 2019.
“This is the only way in which our government will listen to us because, most of them, especially the MMC for Local Economic Development (LED) Mr Leonard Malomane is more conflicted,” the President of the chamber, Tom Chiloane told Bushbuckridge News.
Mr Chiloane says the chamber of business wants Malomane to resign; “As the business chamber, we want the immediate resignation of the MMC for LED. The reason is because he is interfering with business, and that is against the law.”
“Starting from the directors to the MMCs, they are all thieves, they are stealing, and they are very conflicted, but we’re saying enough is enough! And if they fail to respond, then this will not end, it will continue until they rectify the situation.” Chiloane added.
“They take everything, especially construction tenders, so, even when someone comes up with a brilliant concept as a business person, they steal that idea and implement it with their cronies, especially the MMC,” Chiloane went on to say.
The memorandum is directed to the office of the mayor, the Minister of small business Lindiwe Zulu, Congress of Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and the office of the President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Chiloane says he believes that there’s no other way than following the prescripts of the law. “President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned that government and business should work together, but then in this instance, the same government is protesting against the business formations to protect their own interests of corruption. And as much as we’re doing things in the prescripts of the law, we are not against the ruling party, but their way of doing things.”
The communications officer, Aubrey Mnisi said; “As a municipality we did receive the memorandum from the Bushbuckridge Chamber of Business, and we’re going to investigate the allegations. We’re also calling on the public to bring forth any information about any individuals involved in such corrupt activities to the municipality and also open criminal cases with the police service, we will respond to the memorandum within the allocated time.” he said
The municipality was given seven days to respond to the memorandum.