Oudtshoorn asks MEC for budget review extension

The council has on three occasions failed to approve the budget for the 2015/2016 financial year.

FILE: The Oudtshoorn Municipality wants Western Cape Local Government MEC Anton Bredell to give it more time to review its budget, before it’s approved. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The Oudtshoorn Municipality wants Western Cape Local Government MEC Anton Bredell to give it more time to review its budget, before it's approved.

The council has on three occasions failed to approve the budget for the 2015/2016 financial year.

This week a group of angry protestors held councillors against their will inside the town council's chambers after the budget was again rejected.

Municipal spokesperson Ntobeko Mangwengqwe says the council will ask Bredell to hold off on any intervention because councillors will convene a board meeting next week.

"The council has resolved to apply for an extension from the MEC for Local Government to review the 2015/2016 budget."

At a special sitting on Thursday, 15 councillors elected the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Chris Macpherson as Speaker following the resignation of NPP member John Stoffels.

The local government has been hamstrung by a power struggle between a DA/Cope coalition and an ANC, NPP and Icosa partnership.

On Wednesday, the ANC called on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Pravin Gordhan to break a political deadlock in Oudtshoorn.

The party said Gordhan should recall the current leadership to clean up the municipality.