North West intervenes in municipalities

2013-04-04 12:35

The North West provincial government will intervene in three municipalities in the province.

The provincial executive council resolved at a meeting yesterday to intervene in the Matlosana, Maquassi Hills, and Ditsobotla local municipalities, spokesperson Lesiba Moses Kgwele said today.

“The interventions in the three municipalities were informed by assessments that were conducted by the provincial department of local government and traditional affairs,” Kgwele said in a statement.

“(The intervention was) in terms of the local government turnaround strategy that determined the municipalities were dysfunctional in certain areas and needed to be supported and strengthened to rescue them from collapse.”

In terms of the resolution, the provincial government would assume all executive powers of council and administration in the Maquassi Hills and Ditsobotla local municipalities.

“(The two municipalities) are on the verge of collapse and unable to render services to residents and perform their duties and obligations due to lack of capacity and maladministration,” Kgwele said.

“The intervention in Matlosana will be limited to control of finances. Administrators and experts will be deployed to the three municipalities during the period of intervention, which is expected to last for a period of six months and a maximum of 12 months.”

An analysis by the provincial local government and traditional affairs department had revealed that the Matlosana local municipality had failed to honour its statutory financial obligations, and incurred a long-standing debt with Eskom and the Midvaal water board.

The debt resulted in the two bulk services accounts being in excess of R100 million in arrears.

Problems in Motlasana included non-collection of fees for services rendered to consumers, with the debtors book standing at about R960 million, Kgwele said.

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