OUTA Local welcomed in Govan Mbeki
Approximately 100 people attended the event which captured the organisations objectives in addressing maladministration in local government.
“We were encouraged to see so many residents and business owners support the launch of OUTA Local. The overwhelming attendance demonstrated to us, the need that exists in the community and the urgency in which poor governance must be addressed,” explained Michael Holenstein.
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) in its presentation indicated that the root cause of the status quo in their municipality is the lack of accountability. The organisation stipulated that it is not the job of residents and business to fix provide service delivery but rather to hold to account those who are paid to do the work, which is the Municipality and its officials.
“It is important for everyone residing in the Govan Mbeki Municipality to support the model through participation and sustained funding. The funds generated by the community of Govan Mbeki will be used to ensure our operations address the direct mismanagement and corruption in the town and to crowd fund the legal costs when neccessary,” said Holenstein.
Business owners also raised their concerns around protection from intimidation, an issue which OUTA is sensitive to. “We are familiar with the intimidation tactics of desperate individuals and we have taken every precaution to ensure the safety of whistle blowers and to protect the identity of our supporters”.
The launch of OUTA Local Govan Mbeki held in Secunda was the first event in this new initiative. OUTA will be embarking on the launch of another five OUTA Local branches over the next coming weeks.