Speech by Honourable Matome Makgobi, Chairperson Select Committee on Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs on report of the Xhariep and Mohokare District and Local Municipality.

26 October 2010


Honourable Members of the House - lest we forget that after next month, which is November, we will be celebrating 10-years of the existence of the transformation of municipalities in this country - on 5 December.

This is the termination of the intervention of Xhariep and Mohokare District and Local Municipality. The committee agrees with the report that emphasises an ongoing management capacity-building in these two municipalities, precisely because political administrative stability is showing signs of improvement.

Regarding the Mafikeng Local Municipality, the committee recommends that the House approve the intervention and that the Hawks pursue all cases of financial irregularities, fraud and allegation of corruption. The council vehicles that are alleged to be in the Gauteng province should be tracked down, investigated and the culprits be pursued by law.

Improper appointments of 20 contract workers must be corrected and disciplinary procedures must be followed. Corrective measures should be taken against the Community Services Director that refused to serve the community. The administrator should fast-track the appointment of municipal manager, and facilitates the transfer of skills. The House should review the quarterly reports from the provincial executive.

With regard to the Eastern Cape report - this is section 46 of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act - the committee agrees knowing the progress that is emerging in that province. And that the House should approve the report but emphasises that there should be an ongoing support on service delivery, infrastructure development, political and administrative stability.

I thank you.