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Xasa considering placing one-year-old Enoch Mgijima Municipality under administration

Nov 22, 2017
Xasa considering placing one-year-old Enoch Mgijima Municipality under administration

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday urged Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Fikile Xasa, to place the distressed Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality under administration according to section 139 (1) (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

The Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality is a local municipality of South Africa. It was established after the August 2016 local electionsby the merging of TsolwanaInkwancaLukhanji local municipalities. It consists of towns such as Queenstown, Molteno and Whittlesea. 

"Honourable Xasa has informed the Executive Mayor of Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality, Lindiwe Gunuza-Nkwentsha, that he is considering placing the municipality under administration," said Vicky Knoetze, the DA's Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. 

Knoetze added that this pending decision was brought on by the fact that the municipality has failed to execute its executive obligations in terms of at least five aspects:

  • The Municipal Manager position is still vacant after ten months and after eight months, the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is still vacant. The municipality has failed to adhere to the Municipal Systems Act and the Municipal Structures Act in this regard;
  • The municipality has failed to observe provisions of the Municipal Structures Act in appointing acting Municipal Managers as no reports with recommendations were furnished to the municipal council;
  • The fact that the municipality does not have a CFO has also led to a roll-over not being effected and the municipality has lost R23 million as a result;
  • The municipality appointed and paid 12 full-time councillors prior to the approval of the MEC resulting in irregular expenditure within the municipality. The DA warned the MEC about this issue in April this year.

"The MEC has given the municipality until Wednesday to provide him with reasons why section 139 (1) (a) should not be invoked.

"The Democratic Alliance also informed the MEC of alleged irregularities in the appointment of Municipal Managers in Intsika Yethu Local Municipality, Walter Sisulu Local Municipality and Port St Johns Local Municipality," she said.

"We are committed to rooting out incompetence, non-compliance and cadre deployment in the Eastern Cape. The Democratic Alliance will continue to fight for a province that is free from corruption so that our municipalities can move ahead."