South Africa's Constitution stipulates that the national government must help municipalities to function properly. And yet the municipalities under ANC control are a total disaster, which shows that the responsible department is unable to perform its constitutional duty.
The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) was recently unable to prepare its annual report in time and this undoubtedly indicates that is it incompetent. Thus, it is no surprise then that the municipalities under its control are chaotic and bankrupt.
The situation is similar at municipalities where there is little to no accountability and where trade unions just make things worse. Even the Auditor-General (AG) pointed out that municipalities lack the political will to take action against incompetent officials.
Municipalities' level of functionality is the lowest in 25 years due to various reasons, like poor management, maladministration and corruption. It seems that patronage of the ANC is a licence to loot and steal without having to bear any consequences.
The ANC owes it to the taxpayers of South Africa and the FF Plus will continue to fight back against the deterioration of our municipalities.