Troubled Madibeng placed under administration

The Madibeng local municipality was placed under provincial administration, North West Premier Thandi Modise said on Tuesday.

The municipality, which oversees services in Majakaneng, Mothotlung and Hebron, was placed under administration by the provincial executive council on Monday.

The process could last between six months and a year.

"The provincial executive council has assumed the executive obligations and responsibilities as mandated to the Municipal Manager by section 55 of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000 as well as the powers and functions allocated to the executive mayor in terms of section 56 of the Local Government Municipal Structures Act and vests same in the administrator," Modise said in a statement.

She said the municipality was dysfunctional and had failed to fulfil its legislative obligations.

Blake Mosley-Lefatola, who is a former city manager of Tshwane, would be heading the administration.

He was tasked to look through the municipality's finances, improve service delivery and attend to labour issues amongst other things.

Interrupt the intervention
Modise called on Madibeng residents to not interrupt the intervention.

The residents went on the rampage several weeks ago following a water shortage in the area.

Four people died in Mothotlung, near Brits, during the violent protests.

In the nearby Hebron, residents called for the resignation of their ward councillor amid service delivery protests.

They claimed the councillor neither listened to them nor addressed their grievances.

Last month Madibeng mayor Poppy Magongwa and two other officials – chief whip Solly Malete and speaker Buti Makhongela – resigned.

No reason was given for their resignations. – Sapa

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