Anton Bredel. (Photo Malherbe Nienaber)
- The western government issued a directive to the council of the Karoo Central District Municipality.
- This was after the Central Karoo District Municipality failed to file the 2021/22 budget on time.
- The municipality has until July 30 to adopt a new budget for the year or other measures will be taken.
The Western Cape provincial government has issued a directive to the Karoo Central District Municipality (CKD) council for the purposes of the 2021/2022 budget.
It comes after the council missed the deadline set by the June 30 law to pass a budget and the provincial executive decided to issue the directive in terms of its legislative duty.
Provincial MEC for Local Governments, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell and Provincial MEC for Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier threatened to take formal action against the municipality last week.
“The municipality was notified and invited to table the budget, but to no avail and, therefore, the provincial government has no choice but to intervene at this stage. The necessary documents were sent to council this afternoon, ”said Bredell.
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Bredell said the municipality has been warned of the consequences of failing to table and pass an annual budget in a timely manner, including that such failure would undermine the spirit of the municipality’s accountability to the community.
“Failure to submit a budget on time also contravenes the duties and responsibilities of a council under the Constitution and relevant legislation,” he added.
According to the directive issued
- The Chairman of the CKD Council shall convene and urgently convene one or more special meetings of the Council duly constituted no later than July 12, 2021, of the duly elected representatives of the CKD Council, for the purposes of tabling the 2021/2022 budget;
- The CKD Council will continue to meet every 24 hours until the 2021/2022 budget is tabled, which must take place no later than July 16, 2021;
- All duly elected Councilors of the CKD Council attend and remain present at all meetings of the CDK Council, called and convened by the President for the purposes of tabling the 2021/2022 budget;
- After the 2021/2022 budget is tabled, the President will convene and convene a duly constituted special council meeting / duly constituted special council meetings no later than July 26, 2021, of the duly elected representatives of the CKD council, for consideration and approval of the 2021/2022 Final Budget;
- The CKD Council will continue to meet every 24 hours until the approval of the 2021/2022 budget, which is due by July 30, 2021; and
- All duly elected Councilors of the CKD Council attend and remain present at all meetings of the CDK Council, called and convened by the President for the approval of the 2021/2022 budget;
If the 2021/2022 budget is not tabled by July 16, or if the 2021/2022 budget is not reviewed and adopted by July 30, another recommendation will be made by the provincial executive on the measures. to take.
These include the possibility of dissolving the CKD Council.
Until the budget was approved, the Municipality was prohibited from making withdrawals from its bank accounts without Maynier’s prior approval.
Maynier said: “As stated in my statement of July 1, 2021, due to the failure of the Central Karoo District Municipality to pass a budget by July 1, 2021, the Provincial Treasury invoked the provisions of the Article 26 of the MFMA and no funds can be withdrawn from the municipality’s bank accounts without my prior consent. It should be noted that the municipality of Kannaland has, after July 1, 2021, successfully adopted a budget and our intervention in Kannaland on this basis was therefore arrested.