INKWANCA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY: MEC Xasa expected to place it under administration

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the Eastern Cape Province (COGTA-EC) Fikile Xasa is expected today to visit the embattled Inkwanca Local Municipality, in the Chris Hani district Municipality, to announce a provincial cabinet resolution to intervene in its running.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Council (EXCO) during its special Cabinet Meeting in Bhisho yesterday approved the implementation of a Section 139 (1) (c) intervention at Inkwanca Local Municipality.

A Section 139 municipal intervention allows the provincial executive to intervene in the affairs of a municipality after it has showed that it cannot or is not fulfilling its executive obligations to residents.

On the 26th of August, at the first ever audit improvement reporting session for Eastern Cape Mayors that was held in East London, Xasa warned poor performing municipalities that he will be rigorously exercising his oversight function as per the Constitution in an effort to turn things around for the better.

“The time to restore public confidence in municipalities is through collaboration, hard work and intolerance to non-performance,” MEC Xasa said.

The ANC early this year said that it was also shocked by the political and administrative turmoil that is riddling the Inkwanca Local Municipality in Molteno. The municipality was also failing to implement the outcome of the forensic report conducted by the former Eastern Cape Local Government MEC, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, in 2013.

Photo caption: CRACKING THE WHIP... Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the Eastern Cape Province (COGTA-EC) Fikile Xasa.