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DA seeks to stop Midvaal merger

The DA says it will do everything it can to stop the merger, claiming the plan is politically motivated.

The DA says it will do everything it can to stop the merger of the Midvaal municipality with other councils around it.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday if the municipal demarcation board formally announces a decision to merge the Midvaal municipality with other councils around it, it will go to court.

The board is due to make a final decision on the council's future among decisions involving 156 other municipalities.

Midvaal is the only council held by the DA in Gauteng.

The DA's John Steenhuisen says this decision is about far more than just Midvaal.

"We sincerely hope the demarcation board realise that this case will elect enough tests for their independence and accountability."

Steenhuisen says the issue has been hugely contested with over 10,000 objections being lodged against it.

"We believe the objections we put in were substantial and they made a good case so it will be difficult for the demarcation board to argue around those."

ANC HOPES FOR MIDVAAL MERGER

The ANC says it hopes the municipal demarcation board will announce it will merge the Midvaal Municpality with other councils, because that would fast-track development in the area.

The ruling party's Dumisa Ntuli says it must happen.

"The merger will bring development and prosperity in the area, so the merger will benefit the poor areas and attract development."

Ntuli says merging Midvaal with other councils would improve the lives of the people living there.

"The merger will be a fresh start for the people who have been subjugated to corruption and maladministration in the Midvaal."