While the autonomy of municipalities is protected constitutionally, it is also the responsibility of the provincial executive committees and at times national government to jump in when things go "pear shaped", says Eyewitness News reporter Theto Mahlakoana.
Research organisation, the Public Affairs Research Institute recently launched a study looking at just how much can be done to rescue troubled municipalities with the help of provinces and national government.
Mahlakoana sat down with Joanne Joseph to share some of the findings in the report. She explains that where there is intervention - municipalities have no chance of being revived.
Simply because by the time there is intervention, it is too late, every system has collapsed and you would need to rebuild, which takes up to seven years or above.— Theto Mahlakoana, Senior political reporter - EWN
If it were ideal and this section of law that is meant to protect mainly communities is invoked and made use of, you would see the kind of turnaround that is required but the question is: 'Are there even resources available in the state to be able to pull together the necessary capacitated individuals to be able to turn around such municipalities?'— Theto Mahlakoana, Senior political reporter - EWN
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