DA welcomes demarcation decision

2013-08-08 17:20
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Bloemfontein - The Municipal Demarcation Board's (MDB) decision to drop a merger between the Metsimaholo and Ngwathe municipalities in the Free State was welcomed on Thursday.

The Democratic Alliance in the Free State said it had opposed the merger of Sasolburg and Parys from the start.

The board announced on Wednesday the mooted merger would not happen.

The proposal to merge the municipalities did not comply with legal requirements, said MDB chairperson Landiwe Mahlangu.

He said that after an investigation the board was convinced the proposal did not comply with the criteria as set out in legislation and, therefore, it failed.

DA spokesperson Patricia Kopane said the Free State government's proposed merger had not followed the right processes and there were no proper consultations with Metsimaholo residents.

Their views had not been given priority in the process, and the board's decision confirmed that, she said.

Violent protests against the merger have occurred in Sasolburg's Zamdela township.

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