Thank you very much, Chair. Chair, I rise on behalf of the Eastern Cape to support the report of the Select Committee on Cooperate Governance and Traditional Affairs, particularly its recommendations for invocation of Section 139(1)(c) of the Constitution in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.
We base our support on the following, Chair: The city has failed to table the annual report in terms of Section 127(2) of the Municipal Finance Management Act; Section 129 of the same Act compels the municipality to adopt the report;
Section 127(5) directs the accounting officer - which they
do not have- to make the report public so that members of the public are able to make interaction with the report. Chair, the last leg will be to submit the report to the Auditor-General, the Gauteng Finance department and lastly CoGTA at national level. They have failed to do so.
Secondly, Chair, they were unable to adopt the adjustment budget in terms of Section 28 of the Municipal Management Act, which was supposed to happen in February. They have failed to do so.
Lastly, Chair, they have not adopted their draft integrated development plan in terms of the Systems Act of 2000. It is an obligation to do so and to allow members of the public to participate in that, including the traditional leaders. On this basis, as Eastern Cape we are saying we should be taking an urgent decision on the matter, and that decision must be within the prescript of the law. Thank you very much. [Applause.]