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Several Free State municipalities to be placed under administration – SABC News

Several municipalities are set to be placed under administration within the Free State. This follows a letter from Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana to Premier Sisi Ntombela forward of current native authorities elections.

The letter detailed interventions that want to be carried out to help distressed municipalities.

Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Head of Department, Mokete Duma says the provincial government committee is scheduled to meet this week to set out specifics round Section 139 interventions.

With actions and pleasure round native authorities elections behind us, the true work is about to begin for the newly-shaped municipal councils.

In the Free State, Matjhabeng, Tokologo, Maluti-A-Profung, and Kopanong native governments are among the many province’s municipalities which are financially distressed.

Kopanong Municipality has barely been ready to pay its staff for nearly three months.

Payment of third events has additionally been withheld.

“If there’s nothing to improve, it will be a dissolution meaning that we will dissolve council and see its mandatory financial recovery plan. So, this is what National Treasury has requested the premier to consider,” says Duma.

The African National Congress (ANC) believes that it is a step in the suitable path.

ANC Interim Provincial Committee Spokesperson, Oupa Khoabane says the ruling get together is behind the federal government.

“We support any attempt by the government to try to assist these municipalities with financial management. So, any intervention that helps these municipalities on the issue of financial recovery is welcome and we hope that any decision that has been taken will be in line, that our municipalities are managed in a proper way.”

DA Provincial Chairperson, Roy Jankielsohn says they doubt whether or not the transfer will enhance the state of affairs.

“They are talking about 11 dysfunctional municipalities. This should have happened a long time ago. In fact, all municipalities, at some stages, were dysfunctional or in total collapse. We do, however, have our concerns about the provincial government’s ability to intervene effectively since Cogta in the Free State, itself, is dysfunctional.”

EFF Provincial Deputy Chairperson, Mahlomola Mojake says the timing is questionable.

“They know these interventions have never worked in the past and they will not start working now. So, I see the bitter people, who don’t want to accept election results. They want to govern through the back door because those interventions are going to be their people who will be going there to go and steal because they are fraudsters.”

Some political events within the province have are also questioned the timing of the current discover issued by the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department to help municipalities which are struggling financially:

This comes at a time when there’s a proposal by Cogta to transfer some municipalities from the mayoral government system to a collective government system so as to steer them to monetary sustainability.

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