Municipality in Crisis as Assets are Attached, Again

James Masango MPL

DA Mpumalanga Chief Whip

The Dr JS Moroka municipality’s financial and administrative management systems are in complete chaos, as municipal assets are being attached yet again due to non-payment. The time has come for the MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Mr Madala Masuku to face the facts and provide proper assistance to a municipality which has clearly failed.  

The DA has been informed that the Sheriff of the Court today has attached municipal assets valued close on R2 million to pay cost orders for services rendered and a labour dispute. In the first instance, the municipality was sued for R1,1 million  by LED Engineering CC for services rendered, after the company was only paid R453 000 of the original invoice amount.  

 In the second instance, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration ordered the municipality to pay its former chief financial officer, Mr MS Monageng damages to the tune of R717 153 following his dismissal from service.  

 This is the second time this year that the municipality has had its assets attached, which clearly shows its lack of the necessary skill and competency to perform proper financial management and administration. Instead, the municipality is showing a tendency to only pay its creditors once ordered to do so, with the resulting financial implications. This stands in direct contravention of Section 38(c) of the Municipal Systems Act, which clearly states that “A municipality must administer its affairs in an economical, effective, efficient and accountable manner.”  

To this end, the DA will write to MEC Masuku and request him to invoke the powers given him by Sections 105 and 106 of the same Act, and to: “Assess the support needed by municipalities to strengthen their capacity to manage their own affairs, exercise their powers and perform their functions.” The DA believes that once MEC Masuku has performed an open and honest assessment of this municipality, he will very quickly realise that the administration is simply not up to the task of effective governance, and that drastic steps have to be taken.  

 In conclusion, the DA will ask MEC Masuku to provide the municipality with effective and competent staff, with the required skills and knowledge base, and by doing so, providing much needed support to officials and improving service delivery.

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