93% of municipalities are not functioning well says Zweli Mkhize

93% of municipalities are not functioning well says Zweli Mkhize

- Minister Zweli Mkhize delivered his Parliamentary budget speech on Tuesday

- He stated that 93% of the municipalities are not functioning well

- He added that 11 of them were under provincial administration

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At his parliamentary budget speech on Tuesday, Cooperative Governance Minister Zweli Mkhize gave insight into the functioning of the municipalities and it looks gloomy.

The minister announced that only 7% of municipalities are functioning well, with 87 municipalities listed as distressed or dysfunctional. He has recommended an aggressive turnaround in the municipalities.

The problems in the municipalities were attributed to debts and a lack of service delivery. Municipal debt for bulk water and electricity is currently standing at R23 billion.

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Another recommendation from the minister was that municipal managers with poor performance be removed from their positions.

The forecast for most municipalities is not good. Mkhize added to this concerning picture, stating a further 31% of municipalities are headed down the same path.

The minister’s office is already managing 12 of the 18 provinces in the North West province. Briefly.co.za recently featured an article called:

North West Province effectively under the control of the national government

In this article:

The beleaguered North West Province has come under the control of the national executive. This makes the North West the first province in the country's history to hand over control of the entire provincial administrative duties.

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Most of the provinces municipalities have been taken over by the Department of Co-operative Governance. The National Council of Provinces was informed earlier today of these development by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

This comes after weeks of violent protests against the Premier of the North West, Supra Mahumapelo. Mahumapelo has placed himself on special leaver and appointed an acting premier, Wendy Nelson.

An Inter-Ministerial Task Team is currently investigation allegations of corruption within the province.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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