Oudtshoorn council open to government’s interventions

The Oudtshoorn Municipality is in turmoil with political parties fighting to gain control of the council.

FILE: Councillors rejected a good governance package offered by Cooperative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan last month. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Some political party members in the troubled Oudtshoorn Municipality council say they are open to interventions from national and provincial government.

Councillors rejected a good governance package offered by Cooperative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan last month.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) supports Gordhan's plan but first wants several issues to be clarified.

The municipality is in turmoil with political parties fighting to gain control of the council.

DA leader in the Oudtshoorn council Wessie van der Westhuizen says the party had an issue with administrators wanting to put unnamed municipal officials in charge.

"There were no names, it was just a blank cheque and we could not accept it. But we need Minister Gordhan's help."

The African National Congress's Richard Dyantyi says councillors have failed and Gordhan must intervene.

"There is no hope that on their own, having failed twice, they are going to find a way out of this. They need help."

He says the municipality can longer be left in the hands of councillors who have on more than one occasion failed to approve a budget.