CAPE TOWN — Elroy Africa, director-general of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), has resigned.
The department, which oversees the working of provincial governments and municipalities, has been under fire recently over the alarming state of some provinces and municipalities.
Africa’s intention to quit has been spoken about widely, with reports that he was under pressure.
On inquiry, department spokesperson Mbulelo Musi confirmed that the the director-general had left after 13 years in the department.
The minister, Richard Baloyi, said in a statement that he regretted Africa’s resignation, but it was understandable that he might want to pursue other avenues after so long in public service.
DA MP Marti Wenger said she was shocked because the portfolio committee was not informed.
“It is very unclear why he is resigning now, especially as the full extent of the chaos in Limpopo is emerging.”
She added that it was clear there were no mechanisms for the department to warn of the province’s bankruptcy and asked if these would now be put in place to avoid future similar situations.
“It is imperative that South Africians know what the plans are to avoid a repeat, and who, in the absence of Africa, will take responsibily for carrying them out,” Wenger added.