The Chief Whip of the IFP, Mr JH van der
Merwe MP, has today reported the executive mayor of Pretoria to
both the Public Protector and President Mbeki for what he calls
"yet a further example of scandalous service
Mr Van der Merwe said he was approached as
an MP by an architect who had submitted building plans for
approval to the Pretoria Municipality but after waiting for
almost two and a half years, and despite more than twenty phone
calls and personal attendances by the architect and his staff to
have the plans finalised, the plans have as yet not been
approved; the architect was refused insight into the file of one
of the submitted plans and the architect was told that he should
communicate in English, while the architect preferred Afrikaans.
Van der Merwe said: "I wrote to the
Executive Mayor on 20 September 2005 asking him to reply to the
complaints of the architect that he was told to communicate in
English, and, secondly, what progress has been made with the
approval of the submitted building plans. I had to wait a month
before I received a reply in English from the mayor's office,
merely promising a 'speedy response'."
Van der Merwe said when no response was
received after waiting a further week, he wrote to the mayor
again on 26 October 2005, complaining that a communication was
forwarded to him in English and that he has received no report
on the approval of the building plans.
"I told the mayor that should he not
respond to me within two weeks, explaining why there is no
report on the approval of the building plans, and why
communication is only in English, I would report the mayor to
both the Public Protector and President Mbeki."
Van der Merwe says he did not even receive
an acknowledgement of receipt from the mayor of this letter.
Van der Merwe added: "After the
architect had unsuccessfully tried for almost two and a half
years to have his building plans approved; and after I had tried
in vain for two and a half months to get one word out of the
mayor, I felt in duty bound as a Member of Parliament and a
citizen of this land to expose this scandalous service delivery
and bring it to the attention of the Public Protector, President
Mbeki and the public."
For further information contact:
JH van der Merwe MP
Chief Whip of the IFP: 082 444-4944