By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Limpopo Provincial Leader:
The Limpopo Cooperative Governance MEC, Makoma Makhurupetje, is opposing the DA’s intention to file a court interdict with North Gauteng High Court seeking an urgent review of the Municipal Demarcation Board’s (MDB) decisions to amalgamate various municipalities at the expense of taxpayer’s money.
The DA took the legal route after the decision was taken without proper consultation with the affected communities. It then decided to take the MDB, the various Provincial MEC’s, the affected municipalities as well as the Minister who appointed council for all these parties, to court.
Only the Limpopo MEC, Makoma Makhurupetje, is opposing this action which is a clear indication that MEC Makhurupetje is motivated by a political agenda.
The DA believes that the decision to amalgamate these municipalities is already riddled with political bias and is suspiciously illogical and irrational.
The decision includes:
- Amalgamating Fetagomo and Greater Tubatse local municipalities into one municipal area;
- The amalgamation of Modimolle and Mookgopong local municipalities into one municipal area;
- Discarding Mutale municipality and distributing its people into areas of Musina and Thulamela municipalities;
- Establishing a new municipality comprising of portions of Makhado and Thulamela municipalities;
- De-establishing Aganang municipality with its portions incorporated into areas of Polokwane, Molemole and Blouberg municipalities.
The DA believes that the MEC’s intention to oppose this matter is a frivolous attempt to influence the municipal boundaries in favour of the ANC.
The DA will be submitting series of written questions to the MEC in the legislature to determine the actual costs of this fruitless and wasteful exercise whose estimated litigation costs will no doubt be at the expense of taxpayers.