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'Cogta must take responsibility, leadership over municipalities debts'

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says she’s had enough of shouldering the blame and that it’s the Department of Cooperative Governance that chairs the inter-ministerial committee on municipal problems.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says she can’t be blamed for the debts of municipalities.

She told a joint meeting of two Parliamentary committees on Wednesday that it’s high time the Cooperative Governance Department takes responsibility for municipalities who are facing water cuts due to non-payment.

But for a second consecutive day, Minister Des van Rooyen was not present in Parliament to discuss the financial problems facing municipalities.

“These task teams can sit, but if we don’t come together at the political level and take the final decision, I will forever come here alone. And I think I’m sick and tired of it.”

Mokonyane says she’s had enough of shouldering the blame and that it’s the Department of Cooperative Governance that chairs the inter-ministerial committee on municipal problems.

“Cogta must take responsibility and take leadership. We’ve been humiliated, it’s enough.”

But Van Rooyen left his deputy Andries Nel to face the music.

Nel says the department is not in support of a debt write-off for municipalities and a more sustainable approach must be found.

LISTEN: Mokonyane appeals to defaulting municipalities to pay up

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)