Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
14 Jul 2022
5:45 am

Debt and municipalities go hand in hand under ANC rule

Eric Naki

You can always guess that where the ANC is in charge, the administration wouldn’t be in order.

A communal tap in Pretoria. That Madibeng owes R258 million indicates that Tshwane has been carrying Madibeng for a long time. Photo: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele

The decision of the Democratic Alliance-led Tshwane metro to approach courts to seek relief about the failure of the ANC-led Madibeng local municipality to pay its dues to the metro is a matter worth noting. The dependence of the ANC municipality on its DA-led counterpart was initially seen as cooperative governance in practice. This lasted until the smaller neighbour began to renege on a payment undertaking to Tshwane for its bulk water supply debt, amounting to R258 million. The metro on Tuesday obtained an order from the High Court in Pretoria to attach Madibeng’s bank account to recoup the debt....