THE Enoch Mgijima Local Municipal Council has acknowledged – and will be responding to – a letter by the MEC for Co-Operative Government and Traditional Affairs in the Eastern Cape Province, to invoke section 139 (a) of The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 108 of 1996 in terms of the administration of EMLM.
The Rep reported (“Enoch Mgijima councillors say ‘no’ to provincial intervention”, November 17) that only nine councillors had voted in favour of the municipality being placed under provincial administration.
Xasa had provided the municipality an opportunity to give reasons why he should not place the local authority under administration.
Section 139 (a) allows for the intervention of provinces in cases of financial crisis.
Xasa indicated in his letter that the local municipality had failed to perform its executive obligations including the non-appointment of a municipal manager as head of administration and that of the chief financial officer and that it had incurred irregular expenditure caused by not complying with the provinicail of the municipal gazette on implementation of upper limits, allowances and benefits of council members and incurring fruitless and wasteful expenditure as a result of ongoing litigation, thereby affecting the delivery of quality services.
In a statement this morning, EMLM spokesman Fundile Feketshane said council had had an opportunity to “inter-act, interrogate and engage on it (the letter) extensively.
“It was noted and resolved that all the issues raised must be responded to in detail as part of accountability and openness and portfolios of evidence be provided to the office of the MEC before November 23 which was the deadline set. Council remains confident that it is trying all in its power to ensure that it delivers services to all its people so that there is positive change in their lives.”