Some Free State political parties have questioned the timing of the advice issued by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) to help municipalities in financial difficulty.
The proposed system aims to revise the powers of the council from a mayor’s executive system to a collective executive system.
The selected municipalities, including Maluti-A-Phofung and Metsimaholo, among others, have until mid-December to submit their candidacy.
Collective decision-making will be a way to go to bring stability to collapsed municipalities. COGTA MEC’s decision, Mxolisi Dukwana, has met with mixed reactions.
Coalition partners in cash-strapped Maluti-A-Phofung accuse Dukwana of using unscrupulous tactics to bring the African National Congress (ANC) back to power in the municipality.
Free State Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) secretary Bosanku Msimanga said they will fight for what is right for the people of the Free State.
“His timing will tell you a lot, that he chose this thing after the elections and why not before the elections. He is frustrated that his predecessors were doing much better than him in the election. He must therefore prepare psychologically to take the benches of the opposition, this is where the ANC belongs in the Free State.
The leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Free State, Roy Jankielsohn, said it would strengthen their opportunity to make their voices heard.
“This implies that in terms of the seats we have received on the board through the democratic process, we will be entitled to a position in the executive. We will represent our votes in an executive and continue to play a constructive role. “
ANC Interim Provincial Committee spokesman Oupa Khoabane denied claims that the party wanted to dominate in the suspended municipalities.
“It’s not about depriving these municipalities of money but about helping them have more financial resources to face the service delivery challenges that they have. So that the money cannot go anywhere else for the benefit of politicians.
Dukwana says there is no ulterior motive in his intended action.
He insists he is not targeting municipalities where the ANC has not performed well.
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