W­hat does it me­an to be ‘un­der ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on’

George Herald - - News - Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

DA Re­gi­o­nal Chairperson Ja­co Londt ex­plains w­hat it me­ans if a municipality is put un­der ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on:

"Secti­on 139 of the South A­fri­can Con­sti­tu­ti­on al­lows pro­vin­ci­al in­ter­ven­ti­on in lo­cal go­vern­ment w­hen that municipality fails to ful­fil their exe­cu­ti­ve o­bli­ga­ti­ons in terms of the con­sti­tu­ti­on or le­gis­la­ti­on.

"One of the­se in­ter­ven­ti­ons may in­clu­de put­ting a municipality un­der ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on. This will me­an that the­re will be no exe­cu­ti­ve po­si­ti­ons and that an ad­mi­nis­tra­tor will be ap­poin­ted to ma­na­ge and o­ver­see the day-to-day run­ning of the municipality. A re­cent ex­am­ple of a municipality in our a­rea being put un­der ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on was Oudts­hoorn short­ly be­fo­re the 2016 e­lecti­ons."

Not that sim­ple

Back in 2014, w­hen re­si­dents of Kan­na­land and Oudts­hoorn beg­ged to be put un­der ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on, the Mi­nis­ter of Lo­cal Go­vern­ment, An­ton B­re­dell, ex­plai­ned that it's "not that sim­ple". E­di­tor of Oudts­hoorn Cou­rant, Han­nes Visser, re­calls B­re­dell saying the se­wa­ge li­te­ral­ly has to flow do­wn the streets be­fo­re t­hey can in­ter­ve­ne. Ac­cor­ding to Visser, B­re­dell u­sed the ex­am­ple of a Boeing he­a­ding for a moun­tain, saying Pro­vin­ce can on­ly in­ter­ve­ne mo­ments be­fo­re it hits the moun­tain rid­ges, s­teer­ing it to sa­fe­ty.

DA Re­gi­o­nal Chairperson Ja­co Londt.

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