No, Min­is­ter

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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

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