Parliament, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 – The Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Water and Sanitation engaged with various internal stakeholders of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality on circumstances that led to the invocation of Section 139 (1)(c) of the Constitution by the Gauteng Provincial Government.

The National Council of Provinces NCOP) is empowered by the Constitution, through Section 139 (2) (c) to, while the intervention continues, review the intervention regularly and may make any appropriate recommendations to the Provincial Executive. Furthermore, the NCOP is empowered to, either approve or disapprove the intervention of the Provincial Executive.

The committee received presentations from all the internal stakeholders of the city including the MEC for the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, all the political represented in council, and from the representatives of labour organisations within the municipality, on the constitutional, procedural and substantive matters on the intervention.

“The inputs from the internal stakeholders equipped the committee with adequate information to make an informed and credible decision that places the people of Tshwane at the centre. The committee’s main consideration is to ensure that the people of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality receive quality services for what they pay,” said Mr China Dodovu, the Chairperson of the committee.

In addressing the matter, the committee remains cognisant that there is a leadership vacuum at both legislative and executive levels of the municipality. The city currently does not have a Mayor and the Municipal Manager, and the unavailability of both has a direct impact on the governance of the municipality as the Constitution, Municipal Structures Act and Municipal Act stipulate that those positions must always be filled.

The committee will tomorrow engage the external stakeholders that are supposed to receive services from the municipality, on the impact caused by the challenges faced by the City Council. Following the interaction with all stakeholders, the committee will carefully consider all the submissions, and make a decision on whether to make a recommendation to the NCOP to approve or disapprove the intervention.

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE AND TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS, MR CHINA DODOVU 

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