Midvaal merger: Board requests more time

The DA has threatened legal action if the merger of the Midvaal municipality goes ahead.

Midvaal is the only Democratic Alliance-run municipality in Gauteng and the party has threatened legal action if the merger goes ahead. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi says the municipality hasn't lodged legal papers in court against the proposed merger of his municipality into a larger council because the Municipal Demarcation Board has asked for more time for consultation.

Midvaal is the only Democratic Alliance (DA)-run municipality in Gauteng and the party has threatened legal action if the merger goes ahead.

Last year, the board said it would recommend that Midvaal be integrated into a larger metro municipality as part of a process of creating larger councils in the province.

The DA has claimed this is a political agenda because Midvaal is the only council it controls.

Baloyi says they're now waiting for a response from the board.

"The decision to go to court is pending until we find out what the counter proposal is."