Fred Nel MPL
DA Gauteng Local Government Spokesperson
The DA believes that the City of Tshwane is misleading the public and its residents through its continued denial about the severity of its financial situation.
The metro has taken no concrete action to reverse its financial woes since the Auditor-General remarked that the municipality is “technically bankrupt”. On the contrary, a recent report on the city’s inability to pay the salaries of its councillors and officials on time or in full serves as an indication that things are only getting worse.
I will request that the Local Government and Housing portfolio committee chairperson Errol Magerman summon Tshwane’s Chief Financial Officer and Municipal Manager to the legislature’s committee to explain the metro’s financial situation and recent events.
The legislature committee as oversight authority must demand answers in the absence of Tshwane’s accountability to residents and other stakeholders.
The City of Tshwane must come to the committee and convincingly demonstrate to the public and Local Government and Housing MEC Ntombi Mekgwe why it should not be placed under administration by the province in terms of section 139 of the Constitution.
Urgent intervention is required to ensure Tshwane meets its financial obligations and that service delivery is not compromised as a result of questionable financial management.