Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
25 Jun 2020
5:15 am

Gauteng govt intervenes in Emfuleni, now there are no services

Eric Naki

The situation vindicated Outa and the DA, both of whom had highlighted collapsed governance, poor management, and corruption at the municipality.

The Sheriff of the Court seizes property worth hundreds of millions at the Emfuleni Local Municipality offices in Vanderbijlpark, 11 March 2020, for their non-payment of 2.3 billion debt to Eskom. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The Section 139 intervention by the Gauteng government into the corruption-ridden Emfuleni municipality has been a dismal failure and residents have been left without services. Governance at the municipality in Vanderbijlpark had collapsed, despite the appointment of an interim administrator as required by the constitution. The administrator failed to normalise the situation and instead early this year, the municipality’s property worth millions of rands was attached by a sheriff because it owed over R2 billion to Eskom. Even ANC members within the parliamentary select committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs, water and sanitation and human settlements were disappointed by...