Mpumalanga’s municipalities performance has deteriorated

By James Masango MPL, DA spokesperson on CoGTA:

The following motion without notice was delivered by DA spokesperson on CoGTA, James Masango MPL, during a sitting at Ehlanzeni District Council Chambers today.

Honourable Speaker.

I rise to move a motion without notice on behalf of the Democratic Alliance, noting that:

The Municipal Finance Management Act Audit outcomes are the most readily interrogated indicators of municipal performance.

The Audit looks at municipalities’ ability to manage their budget, adhere to key legislation and the state of governance and leadership in the municipalities.

Further noting that the performance on the Municipal IQ’s index of audit results over the past 10 years show how Western Cape, KZN and Gauteng performed way above the other provinces.

The index further indicates slight improvements in Limpopo, the North West, Free State, Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape.

Hon. members, we should be ashamed that Mpumalanga is the only province to have shown an outright deterioration in municipal performance over the past 10 years.

Corruption and a lack of political will are definitely to blame.

I move that this house:

Mandate the MEC of CoGTA to put credible plans in place, which will enforce our municipalities to perform better in audit outcomes, and to ensure that municipalities recruit employees with relevant competent skills.

I so move.