NCOP to an­nounce de­ci­sion on Tsh­wane

Po­lit­i­cal for­ma­tions, civil so­ci­ety make sub­mis­sions on the move to place the metro un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion

Pretoria News - - METRO - RAPULA MOATSHE

THE Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces (NCOP) would ei­ther to­day or to­mor­row an­nounce whether it is in favour or against a de­ci­sion to put the City of Tsh­wane un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In the past two days mem­bers of the NCOP met at Tsh­wane House with dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers to hear their views re­gard­ing the de­ci­sion.

The stake­hold­ers, who in­cluded po­lit­i­cal for­ma­tions and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, shared dif­fer­ing views with par­lia­men­tar­i­ans.

Chief Prince Ge­orge Mahlangu, rep­re­sent­ing amaNde­bele, ex­pressed support for a move to dis­solve coun­cil.

He re­counted his first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of how coun­cil pro­ceed­ings de­gen­er­ated into chaos over some months.

On Jan­uary 16, he was joined by a group of ac­tivists call­ing them­selves “el­ders” dur­ing a march at Tsh­wane House where they sub­mit­ted a mem­o­ran­dum of griev­ances. They ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment re­gard­ing the state of po­lit­i­cal paral­y­sis in the City.

Mahlangu said: “We wel­come the de­ci­sion taken to dis­solve coun­cil. We have seen for our­selves that the par­ties can’t find each other.”

The chair­per­son of the Pro­gres­sive Pro­fes­sional Fo­rum, Tito Khalo, who also wel­comed the de­ci­sion, said by-elec­tions would al­low cit­i­zens to put a bet­ter mu­nic­i­pal­ity in charge.

“The cap­i­tal city is dirty and has be­come a dump­ing metro. This oc­curs in the pres­ence of the met­ro­pol­i­tan po­lice force be­cause they are led by an un­qual­i­fied per­son,” he said.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a youth for­ma­tion in Mamelodi, Jeff Mo­galane, praised the good work done by the DA-led ad­min­is­tra­tion. He urged the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to re­con­sider its de­ci­sion to put the City un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion, say­ing it would be detri­men­tal to the in­ter­est of young peo­ple.

He said the City held a fes­ti­val where young en­trepreneur­s would dis­play their prod­ucts free of charge.

“I am a prod­uct of this ini­tia­tive and I be­lieve dis­solv­ing the City will deny us op­por­tu­ni­ties to progress in what we have al­ready started,” Mo­galane said.

Bon­gani Ncala, con­vener of the ANC Youth League in the in­ner city, was in favour of coun­cil dis­so­lu­tion.

He lashed out at “in­ef­fi­cient lead­er­ship” un­der the DA-led ad­min­is­tra­tion, poor ser­vice de­liv­ery and ram­pant crime.

“Crime in the city has in­creased. There has been further es­tab­lish­ments of in­sti­tu­tions such as broth­els. The role of the metro po­lice has been re­duced to noth­ing but be­ing se­cu­rity guards,” he said.

South African Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Lance Joel said his or­gan­i­sa­tion was un­able to for­mu­late a po­si­tion on whether to dis­ap­prove or ap­prove the dis­band­ing of the coun­cil.

This was be­cause its ef­forts to meet with the MEC for Co-op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs, Le­bo­gang Maile, had been un­suc­cess­ful.

Joel said the as­so­ci­a­tion met with Maile in Jan­uary to dis­cuss his de­ci­sion to sus­pend Tsh­wane Coun­cil speaker Katlego Mathebe and former Joburg speaker Vasco da Gama.

Dur­ing the meet­ing with Maile he out­lined chal­lenges in Tsh­wane, but it was agreed that a meet­ing must be re-sched­uled to speak about the is­sues at length, ac­cord­ing to Joel.

“Un­for­tu­nately time has passed and we have not been able to have that par­tic­u­lar engagement. We found our­selves in this dif­fi­culty where there has been an in­ter­ven­tion in Tsh­wane. As we speak, as Salga, we have not re­ceived a for­mal com­mu­nique (about the de­ci­sion to put the City un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion),” he said.

He also said sev­eral at­tempts to meet with the City un­der the lead­er­ship of former mayor Stevens Mok­galapa were un­suc­cess­ful.

MEM­BERS of the NCOP at Tsh­wane House to hear views from dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers re­gard­ing a de­ci­sion to place the City un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion. | JAC­QUES NAUDE African News Agency (ANA)

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