Decision welcomed

2015-04-30 16:53

THE National Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene’s decision to place the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality under administration has received the thumbs up from the DA in the Free State. Leona Kleynhans of the DA says last November the party wrote to Nene requesting him to intervene in the municipality.

“When it became clear that the ANC-led municipal government was unable to meet their financial obligations towards Eskom, resulting in continuous threats by Eskom to cut the electricity supply; was unable to collect revenue from consumers; had received 13 consecutive disclaimer reports from the Auditor General; and that the municipality was also due to lose its equitable share allocation from national government as a result of persistent financial mismanagement and maladministration the minister was approached.

“We welcome Nene’s brave approach, putting petty ANC party politics aside, and intervening in a manner that we hope would see financial order in the municipality restored so that the National Treasury can resume equitable share payments needed for the delivery of services and infrastructure development,” says Kleynhans

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