Tshehledi Isaac Mokgopo Western Cape
Allow me to challenge Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen based on the article published on the realignment of the municipalities in Limpopo (“R600m lost by Limpopo municipalities”, City Press, June 5 2016).
It is clear his vision is based on the reduction of the number of the municipalities rather than on addressing the service-delivery issues faced by the people of Limpopo.
The Vuwani saga manifested due to the failure by the Municipal Demarcation Board to resolve the Malamulele issue when it refused to be incorporated with any other municipality. Now Van Rooyen is suggesting the realigning of municipalities in Limpopo is because the municipalities failed to get a clean audit. Even the big metros sometimes failed to get clean audits, but nothing was done. So why the focus on municipalities in Limpopo? The minister proposed the merging of some of the municipalities, saying “the primary goal in realigning municipalities in Limpopo was to make municipalities more financially viable”. If the so-called financial viability is a requirement for the demarcation of municipalities, then we should look at the provinces that are unable to raise their own revenue. To me, this is purely a political agenda by the ANC to win municipalities at the expense of the people.
Des van Rooyen