The City of Tshwane has been placed under the administration of the Gauteng provincial government.
MEC for Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance Lebogang Maile said the city was marred by administrative and service delivery challenges, which prompted the provincial government to intervene.
The announcement came after the removal of mayor Stevens Mokgalapa and Council Speaker Katlego Mathebe from office last night.
Maile said the intervention was necessitated by disappointing service delivery mostly in region 5 and 7 of the City.
He said Tshwane was riddled with serious challenges of poor quality of water "evident in Hammanskraal and surrounding areas".
Maile added that the Gauteng provincial executive council would invoke the provisions of Section 139(1) read together with Section 154 of the Constitution.