Two North West municipalities stripped of executive functions

2015-05-17 12:46
Ventersdorp municipal offices (Susan Cilliers, Netwerk24)

Ventersdorp municipal offices (Susan Cilliers, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – Maladministration in the Ventersdorp and Tswaing local municipalities has resulted in the takeover of their executive functions by the provincial government, the North West local government department said on Sunday.

“The administrators, supported by a team of experts, will implement the interventions in both Ventersdorp and Tswaing local municipalities with effect from Monday for a… minimum period of six months,” departmental spokesperson Ben Bole said in a statement.

Bole said MEC Collen Maine had told a special council meeting that the intervention came as a result of the failure by the municipalities to provide leadership or act on irregularities in the administration.

“The municipality is now in a serious financial distress, which contributes to poor delivery of services,” the MEC was quoted as saying.

In Tswaing, problems included “allegations of fraud and nepotism levelled against the municipality by members of the community and some councillors”, as well as a lack of adequate service delivery, said Bole.

The administrator appointed to oversee the Ventersdorp municipality is Mike Mokgwamme, while Kingsley Sehularo will be at the helm at the Tswaing municipality.

“Both Mokgwamme and Sehularo posses extensive experience in the public service, having occupied senior positions in provincial government departments,” said Bole.

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