Salga looks forward to working with David van Rooyen

Some opposition parties have slated David van Rooyen’s appointment as minister in charge of local government.

David van Rooyen being sworn in as finance minister days before being reassigned to head the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - While some opposition parties have slated David van Rooyen's appointment as minister in charge of local government, the South Africans Local Government Association (Salga) says it's looking forward to working with him.

Salga spokesperson Tahir Sema says, "We wish the minister well in his job and we'll be working closely with the minister to ensure that the many challenges in the sector are responded to appropriately."

But the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) say van Rooyen's troubled tenure as mayor of Merafong does not bode well for the new minister of the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department.

DA Members of Parliament (MP) Kevin Mileham says, "We believe that he has demonstrated his lack of suitability through his mayoralty in Merafong where irregularly, unorganised and unfruitful and wasteful expenditure grew under his watch."

IFP MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa says President Jacob Zuma has done local government no favours by putting van Rooyen in charge.

"We believe that while he may have redeemed himself in trying to correct the financial side, he has most certainly put local government on the back foot with as a compromised minister."