ACCOUNTABILITY NEEDED FOR GAUTENG LOCAL GOVERNMENT FAILURE

Fred Nel MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Local Government

The Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing has failed in its attempt to support municipalities and to turn around their financial mismanagement.

According to a draft oversight report by the National Council of Provinces which conducted oversight visits to Gauteng municipalities last week, local government losses in Gauteng in the previous financial year are in excess of R3,8 billion.

One of the department’s core functions is to assist municipalities to improve their financial management systems. This has clearly failed.

Gauteng Local Government MEC, Humphrey Mmemezi, must be held to account for this failure. I will be asking formal questions to MEC Mmemezi in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in order to determine why his department’s interventions have failed.

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