WITH reference to the article, "Politicians throw mud over dismal municipal audits" (August 15 August), every citizen in this province, from the two metros to the most far-flung municipalities, knows that local government is in a state of chaos.
Baviaans is not the worst run municipality in the province. In fact, it continues to win local government Vuna awards for having the cleanest towns.
Steytlerville was recently named the Eastern Cape winner for the "town of the year" competition by Kwela and Kyknet. The problems in the DA-led Baviaans Municipality were caused by a budget shortfall.
The incorporation of Rietbron and other hamlets of the ECDMA region by the Demarcation Board without the necessary budget to service this area placed enormous constraints on the municipal budget. In this regard the DA held meetings with the MEC for local government for departmental assistance to address this unfunded mandate.
The people of South Africa deserve efficient and clean government and the DA-led Western Cape government has proven that change is possible.
Dacre Haddon, DA spokesman on local government, Bhisho