- The DA said it is in possession of a "top secret" document that it has likened to a 'coup d'état' - forcible removal of an existing government from power through violent means
- The alleged document is from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
- The document allegedly proposes a command council for municipalities through the district development model
A plan of what appears to be a "top secret" draft document from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs proposes the centralisation of municipalities with a structure similar to the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) in charge.
The DA alleged that it unearthed the document and the party's deputy spokesperson on cooperative governance Cilliers Brink likened the document to a coup d'état.
The document, allegedly published and circulated by the higher echelons of the ANC, outlines some plans to reshape the way local municipalities operate.
Although the government hasn't confirmed the authenticity of the 46-page proposal, the official opposition has already rallied against it, said The South African.
The document is titled "South Africa Economic Recovery Plan for Municipalities in Response to Covid-19".
The document deals with the country's dire economic situation, particularly how it relates to municipalities and proposes the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic as a great time for a restructuring of the government and economy.
The DA issued a statement, condemning the document by the government.
"The DA is most concerned by the constitutional implications of what is being proposed", said Cilliers.
The document proposes using the District Development Model and the Command Council system as a means of centralised government policy-making.
This model, it argues, “should inform South Africa’s economic response and it will do so in a way that will disrupt current and old ways of how government has been working”.
Brink said the DA would put a formal question to President Cyril Ramaphosa to determine whether the document has any formal status in government, and whether its contents reflect current or proposed government policy.
COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's spokesperson Mlungisi Mtshali said he could not respond to the document, as it appears to be a draft he has never seen, said News24.
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