By Thys Khiba
Rustenburg – The African National Congress (ANC) National Working Committee (NWC) confirmed that it would be meeting with the ANC North West Interim Provincial Committee (IPC)in response to the deteriorating situation in the province.
“The NWC resolved that, in response to the deteriorating situation in the North West the it would meet with the Interim Provincial Committee and ANC structures throughout the province this coming weekend to outline interventions required to help stabilize the organization, as well as provincial and local government in the province,” said ANC Deputy Secretary, Jessie Duarte.
This follows the announcement by the Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee on Section 100 intervention, China Dodovuconfirming that municipalities in the North West province have failed to produce clean audit outcomes and are plagued by several challenges.
It is also confirmed that some of the municipalities in the province have serious financial challenges which threaten their sustainability and service delivery. Dodovu confirmed that some of the challenges that the municipalities are experiencing include poor service delivery to communities, lack of governance and inability to generate revenue.
“The reason why we picked up CoGTA is because of the state ofmunicipalities in the North West. It has a profound impact on the state of municipalities in the province. It is in that context that we feel they need to come and account. We also need to find out what is it that the provincial government is doing to address the issue of municipalities,” said Dodovu.
This was highlighted during the feedback session with community forum, Department of Public Works, Human Settlements, Police, Education and Sports development and Premier’s office, on Monday.
The provincial Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs in the province led by Mmoloki Cwaile joined the briefing.
According to the CoGTA Department, municipalities in the province are unable to provide sustainable, uninterrupted and quality services.
Amongst other issues highlighted by the department are failureand collapse of governance and administrative systems in the municipalities; Declining Audit Outcomes with increasing trend of UIF&W Expenditure; and Weak Public Participation and accountability systems.
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