By Jacques Smalle (MPL), DA Limpopo Spokesperson on COGHSTA:
The DA cautiously welcomes the MEC of COGHSTA’s decision to effect a moratorium on vacancies in municipalities, however remains concerned that there are several factors that need to be addressed first.
This comes after a highly contested decision taken by the Municipal Demarcation Board to merge and de-establish municipalities.
The MEC needs to assure our communities that there will be a complete analysis of:
- how many jobs losses the demarcation processes will cause
- the impact on the organogram of the different municipalities
- how the redistribution of capital assets will unfold
The MEC should identify and explain who will take over the existing debts of the de-established municipalities.
Most importantly, the MEC must address the impact this decision will inevitably have on service delivery.
Many of Limpopo’s municipalities are experiencing a severe shortage of crucial skills in critical posts and the filling thereof must be prioritized.
We urge the MEC to learn from the department’s previous mistakes this year when Mopani, Thulamela and Makhado municipalities’ workers had costly protracted strikes.
MEC Makhurupetje must avoid any labour protests by municipal workers through proactively meeting with the various labour unions which represent them.
Without full consideration of the above, the MEC will prove to have a complete disregard for the people of Limpopo.
The DA believes that municipalities are at the core of service delivery, it is only through accountability and transparent consultation with communities that the fruits of democracy can fully be realised.