The Gariep municipality in the Eastern Cape is unable to pay staff this month. This is symptomatic of the collapse of local government in the rural areas.
There are other municipalities in the province, including Kouga which incorporates the towns of Jeffreys Bay and St Francis Bay, experiencing similar problems.
On Wednesday the Gariep Municipality paid an amount of R121 000 to the Sheriff to avoid having municipal assets attached for debt owed.
The money owed was to Umnga Farmers as a grant.
This again is an indictment of the collapse of rural municipalities in our province according to Dacre Haddon of the Democratic Alliance (DA).
When the municipal workers heard the Sheriff was trying to attach assets, employees drove municipal vehicles away to hide them from being attached.
On a provincial level, the DA will be writing to the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Noxolo Kiviet, highlighting this unacceptable state of affairs and will be seeking answers from her on how to stop the cancer of municipal dysfunctionality in the province.
When municipalities run into cash flow problems in relation to staff salaries, infrastructure development becomes the casualty.
This is has become abundantly clear to residents of Jeffreys Bay as they witness sewage spills on the beaches due to infrastructure collapse.
This situation then becomes a vicious cycle of shortfalls in maintenance and infrastructural spend.
It is unfair that communities must suffer the indignity of service delivery failure because of poor financial management.