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‘Govt departments owe municipalities approximately R4,8 billion’

Governance and Administration Cluster says 54 of 59 municipalities received their equitable share payments.

FILE: Head Governance and Administration Cluster Malusi Gigaba.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Governance and Administration Cluster says government departments owe the country's municipalities around R4,8 billion and the reasons for this are varied.

The cluster today issued a progress report on programmes announced in President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address earlier this year.

Head of the cluster Minister Malusi Gigaba says 54 of the country's 59 municipalities have received their equitable share payments from government departments.

But he says the state will not allow departments which have not paid municipalities to get away with it.

"National Treasury issued letters to all national departments owing municipalities while letters have been issued to provisional treasuries for provincial debt."

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs' director Thozi Gwanya says the bills aren't paid by departments for different reasons.

"There is no particular reason that one can give except to say here and there they are just defaulting and from time to time they will query the amounts."

South Africa has 44 district municipalities and eight metropolitan cities.

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