DA chal­lenges NCOP on eMad­lan­geni

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA

THE DA is chal­leng­ing the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces’ de­ci­sion to change a re­port by a port­fo­lio com­mit­tee re­gard­ing the plac­ing of the eMad­lan­geni Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in KwaZulu-Natal un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Yes­ter­day, the DA’s Mer­gan Chetty wrote to NCOP chair­per­son Thandi Modise rais­ing con­cerns about al­leged flout­ing of rules on the mat­ter. He cited rules which he said did not pro­vide for the House to amend a re­port on the res­o­lu­tion of a select com­mit­tee.

“It’s ei­ther you ap­prove or re­ject it, but not amend it. We hope she will rule in our favour oth­er­wise we will con­sider other al­ter­na­tives,” he said.

Ear­lier this week, the NCOP amended the rec­om­men­da­tion made by its select com­mit­tee on co-op­er­a­tive gover­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs to re­ject the de­ci­sion of the KwaZulu-Natal provin­cial gov­ern­ment to place the eMad­lan­geni Mu­nic­i­pal­ity un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The com­mit­tee had two weeks ago vis­ited the mu­nic­i­pal­ity af­ter the provin­cial gov­ern­ment in­voked Sec­tion 139 of the con­sti­tu­tion in Jan­uary amid claims of col­lapse of gover­nance and ser­vice de­liv­ery there due to in­fight­ing among coun­cil­lors.

It had said the con­sti­tu­tion re­quired of provin­cial gov­ern­ments to mon­i­tor and sup­port lo­cal gov­ern­ment to carry out their man­date be­fore in­vok­ing Sec­tion 139.

But a brief­ing by Co-op­er­a­tive Gover­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs MEC No­musa Dube-Ncube to the select com­mit­tee made it change its mind.

Chetty has ac­cused DubeNcube of us­ing her in­flu­ence to lobby the com­mit­tee.

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