Government departments owe Limpopo R324 million

2014-10-09 09:38

Limpopo municipalities are owed more than R324 million by government departments.

This emerged in a municipal performance report by Cooperative Governance MEC Makoma Makhurupetje published in the Government Gazette this week, The Star reported today.

The report provided no details of the debt.

Makhurupetje told the newspaper the report outlined a consolidated account and comparative analysis of the state of provincial municipalities from 2010 to 2013.

Makhurupetje said her department had established a provincial debt forum consisting of officials from municipalities and provincial and national government departments.

Department spokesperson Motupa Selomo said defaulters included provincial and national government departments operating in the province.

He said the debt related to trading services such as property rates, electricity, water, waste management and refuse removal.

Selomo said the majority of departments disputed the amounts they owed, and the aim of the forum was to deal with those disputes.

The Star reported that the amount owed to Limpopo municipalities formed part of a multibillion-rand debt owed to other municipalities countrywide.

In July, the National Council of Provinces select committee on finance heard that the aggregate municipal consumer debt stood at R93.4 billion as of March 31.

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