WC govt happy with intervention in troubled Oudtshoorn

Western Cape local government MEC has described financial controls at the Oudtshoorn municipality as terrible.

Oudtshoorn Municipality logo. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government said it's pleased with the progress made so far with interventions at the troubled Oudtshoorn Municipality.

Earlier this year it was placed under administration.

Several investigations are also underway into alleged financial mismanagement and other issues at the town's council.

Western Cape local government MEC Anton Bredell has described financial controls at the Oudtshoorn municipality as terrible.

The municipality, which has a deficit of R180 million, also owes Eskom more than R50 million.

Bredell said it's going to take at least five years for the municipality to become financially stable.

"It's going to take years to solve there are no quick fixes, no quick fixes to fix sewage plant or water network, it's a long-term process."

Bredell said officials found to have mismanaged funds will face consequences.