Bethal Town Hall poses a health hazard to locals

There are holes in the roof at Bethal Town Hall.

Residents and councillors are concerned about the state of Bethal Town Hall and believe it poses a health hazard to locals.

According to Ms Marietjie Fourie, the DA has requested Govan Mbeki Municipality to suspend all official and private events at the town hall.

These problems or hazards, include electrical wiring that is not secured, dead rats were found lying around, faeces and urine in toilets that cannot flush, urine on the floor and spider webs everywhere in the hall, the floors, walls and ceilings are damped with water, no fire extinguishers (all the fire extinguishers expired in February this year), the stage curtains are dirty, the gallery chairs are broken, the hall floors have holes, the stairs leading to the stage are loose, ceiling boards are missing, the room that is utilised for the storing of files on the lower level, still contains files dating back to 1992.

“It seems to me that Bethal Town Hall has been forgotten by the municipality,” said Ms Fourie.

“The DA calls for the suspension of all official and private events to avoid a catastrophe.

“This must be until the hall has been refurbished or demolished for a new one.”

The DA officially reported the state of Bethal Town Hall to the council on 7 July and to the Executive Mayor, Ms Flora Maboa-Boltman, specifically.

“We also requested them to suspend all official and private activities until the hall has been fixed and we gave them seven days to respond to our concerns and our proposal to suspend all activities, but no response has come received to date.

“The municipality currently charges private individuals R2 000 to utilise the hall and the DA thinks that this is a rip-off taking into consideration the state of the venue, it is not worth it.”

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Bethal Town Hall is in a bad state.

Files dating back to 1992, are lying around in Bethal Town Hall.

Open electricity wires in Bethal Town Hall pose a safety hazard to residents.

The toilets at Bethal Town Hall are dirty and in a bad state.

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