DA: Fight Midvaal merger

2012-11-08 14:36
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Johannesburg - The public should raise their objections to a proposal to merge the DA-run Midvaal municipality and Emfuleni, the DA said on Thursday.

Democratic Alliance local government spokesperson Fred Nel urged Gauteng residents to object to the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) within the next 21 days, the period set aside for public comment.

The MDB announced on Wednesday that it had begun the consultation process with respect to 202 cases of possible municipal boundary changes.

Nel said the DA objected to the changes because property, water and electricity rates were likely to increase as a result.

"New metros will be much more expensive to run as officials, councillors and mayors are paid much more than in local municipalities."

He claimed that municipal managers in Gauteng's metropolitan areas earned more than President Jacob Zuma.

The move was also likely to negatively affect service delivery.

The DA was concerned that the MDB was acting in the political interests of the ANC.

This was because Midvaal, which is the only DA-run municipality in the province, would cease to exist if the proposals were passed.

"Since the ANC could not defeat the DA at the ballot box they are now using the demarcation board to do its dirty work for it," Nel said.

- SAPA
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