ANC Western Cape PGC examines government spheres

2015-10-03 16:14
ANC WC secretary Faiez Jacobs and chairperson Marius Fransman at the PGC in Cape Town. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

ANC WC secretary Faiez Jacobs and chairperson Marius Fransman at the PGC in Cape Town. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town - The necessity of district municipalities as well as the powers, function and size of the three spheres of government were in the spotlight at the Western Cape African National Congress Provincial General Council on Saturday.

The PGC met in preparation for the ANC National General Council taking place between October 8 and 11 in Johannesburg.

Delivering his political report at the PGC in Athlone on Saturday, Western Cape ANC chair Marius Fransman said it was vital that in their discussion about the state that there must be a re-examination of the question of the spheres of government and their powers, functions and size.

“We must do a proper assessment of whether in fact our current 3 spheres [are] in fact still relevant, effective, efficient and economical 21 years after democracy.

“We must reflect on whether or not our total number of municipalities is in fact effective and efficient and whether or not they need to be integrated?”

Fransman said they had to reflect on whether the system of nine provinces and three spheres had negative, unintended consequences on nation building, reconciliation and social cohesion.

Touching on the possibility of leadership squabbles at the NGC, he said the province still fully supported the leaders elected in Mangaung until the end of their terms.

“We must ensure that we do not fall into the trap, set out by the enemies of transformation, of reducing the NGC to questions of leadership.”

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