‘Wasteful’ N West municipalities in the spotlight
NORTH West Premier Job Mokgoro’s decision to place several of the province’s municipalities – including the capital’s Mahikeng municipality – under administration has received mixed reactions.
Mokgoro placed seven municipalities, along with the Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality, under administration on Wednesday due to lack of governance.
The provincial government is set to take control of these municipalities by September 1.
The affected municipalities are: Kagisano-Molopo; Ramotshere Moiloa; Ditsobotla; Kgetlengrivier; Maquassi Hills; Naledi; Mahikeng and Ngaka Modiri Molema.
Mokgoro’s decision has been criticised by the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco).
The DA has also asked him to consider firing his MEC for local government, Fenny Gaolaolwe, and finance MEC Wendy Nelson.
Sanco’s North West provincial chairperson Paul Sebegoe said: “The civic organisation called for tougher action against wasteful and fruitless expenditure, which had increased from R3.19 billion to R4.29bn at municipal level during the 2016/17 financial year.”
He said a failure by all the municipalities to achieve clean audits was a result of alleged looting with impunity and a collapse of governance.
That several mayors and executive mayors of the affected municipalities were serving the provincial executive committee of the ANC was also a concern, he added.
“When the centre is corrupt and everyone else below is captured, the result is that service delivery is comprised,” he said.
There was an urgent need to review long-term contracts, bid processes, financial system and business models in the municipalities, added Sebegoe, that “promoted corrupt practices”.
The ANC’s provincial spokesperson Gerald Modise was not available for comment.
The party, in the province, are engaged in an executive meeting in Rustenburg, which ends today.
Meanwhile, DA provincial leader Joe McGluwa said the party has repeatedly called on government to act against “rampant mismanagement within municipalities” which has resulted in billions of rand in wasteful and irregular expenditures., and the ANC in the North West has allowed it to continue without consequences.
“It was under the leadership of MEC Gaolaolwe and MEC Nelson that the auditor-general’s reports and recommendations were continuously ignored, while allowing politicians and municipal officials to get away with not submitting the required supporting documents and not following supply chain management procedures,” McGluwa said.