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Mabuza denies govt intervention in NW politically motivated

Opposition parties have questioned why government has failed to act in the Free State where the Auditor General has found the performance of municipalities to be worse than in the North West.

FILE: Deputy President David Mabuza during question time in the National Assembly on 29 May 2018. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President David Mabuza says Cabinet is satisfied with the intervention taking place in the North West.

But opposition parties have questioned why government has failed to act in the Free State where the Auditor General has found the performance of municipalities to be worse than in the North West.

Mabuza has denied the intervention in the North West was politically motivated.

WATCH: David Mabuza replies to questions in Parliament

Opposition parties say the warning signs of collapse in the North West were there all along but were ignored.

They say the Free State is heading down the same path, but nothing is being done to step in.

The DA has questioned whether the ANC is protecting Premier Ace Magashule because of his position in the party.

But Mabuza says they intervened in the North West on the basis of hard evidence of governance collapse.

“We are not going to witch hunt but where there is a collapse of services, definitely in the interests of the people, government must intervene.”

He says MPs must put their complaints about the Free State to him in writing.

“I want to take that warning seriously, but that warning must be explicit.”

He says government will act in the interests of the people, regardless of who is in charge.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)