DA repeats call for eMalahleni municipality to be placed under administration

The Democratic Alliance has repeated its call for the local municipality of eMalahleni to be placed under administration, citing the underperformance of manager Theo van Vuuren.

Van Vuuren is accused of not displaying decisive actions when running the municipality and of not showing interests in delivering efficient services to the people of eMalahleni.

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The opposition’s Dirk Grobler said bringing the municipality under administration as required by law would allow a “suitable administrator to take over the running of the municipality”.

“The past three year of van Vuuren’s tenure has shown that he is not he is not committed to ensuring that eMalahleni prospers,” said Grobler.

“As such, he must be removed as eMalahleni deserves capable leadership that is committed to bringing services to the municipality,” he added.

A week ago, the DA’s Lizelle Steyn, reported the municipality’s Eskom debt has now increased to close to R1 billion in 2016 from R185 million in March 2013 since van Vuuren took over three years ago.

“In April 2013, the municipality was placed under administration because of its poor financial management and non-delivery of services. It is now evident that the municipality is worse off under Van Vuuren’s leadership than it was before it was placed under administration,” she said.

A week ago Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Collen Sedibe, delivered a memorandum to the ministry of finance in Pretoria calling for the entire province to be placed under administration citing reason of corruption, maladministration and wasteful expenditure.

(edited by MLM)

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