Mangaung, Enoch Mgijima Municipalities placed under national administration.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The Mangaung Metropolitan and Enoch Mgijima Local Municipalities have been placed under mandatory intervention, after experiencing significant financial and service delivery failures for a long period.
According to a Cabinet statement, post its meeting held on Wednesday, the Mangaung Metro has been experiencing "significant financial and service delivery failures" for a prolonged period.
The controversial Enoch Mgijima Local municipality has also been placed under administration.
"The invocation of a national intervention in terms of Section 139(7) of the Constitution implies that in both municipalities, national government will now act in the stead of the provincial executive. This type of intervention is mandatory and follows the same procedure as Section 139(5) of the Constitution, except that national government will now directly assume responsibility for these interventions," the statement read.
Section 139 of the Constitution gives the national government the authority to take over all municipal governance when it has failed to deliver basic services as mandated.
"To give effect to the assumption of responsibility, National Cabinet Representatives (NCR) will shortly be deployed to both municipalities. The Minister of Finance will delegate powers to the NCR and will also be supported by a multidisciplinary team of experts," read the statement.
Cabinet added that no decision has yet been taken to dissolve the municipal council in terms of Section 139(5)(b) of the Constitution.
"The national intervention will take effect upon formal gazetting in the Government Gazette, however, the current Section 139(5) intervention will remain in effect until this date. The Section 139(1) intervention into the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality will also be replaced by a Section 139 (5) (a) and (c) intervention, which will also cover the failure of the municipality to fulfil its executive obligations," Statement concluded.
Minister in The Presidency Mondli Gungubele, together with Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is expected to hold a media briefing next week to outline the national intervention.