PRETORIA -- Mayors of municipalities in South Africa's Limpopo Province which have funds deposited in the ailing VBS Mutual Bank will this week update Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Dr Zweli Mkhize, on remedial action into the debacle.

This follows a June 19 meeting between Mkhize and the mayors, the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs said in a statement.

The municipalities have been asked to submit a report on plans to mitigate the impact of the debacle, including remedial action to be taken against officials and any other person who may have transgressed the law, the department said.

The meetings will form part of the Minister's two-day oversight visit to the province where he is set to deal with a raft of Cogta matters. Also topping the agenda will be the interventions in the province's seven distressed municipalities.

Mkhize's visit to Limpopo is part of a call by the national government that municipalities need to go back to basics and do what communities expect of them.

This include the filling of vacancies in strategic positions with qualified, competent and experienced professionals and improving financial management. Infrastructure development and maintenance, promoting good governance and ethical leadership as well as putting people and their concerns first in their work, were also included.

Mkhize has identified 87 municipalities in the country that are either distressed or dysfunctional and seven of these are in Limpopo. The department in June vowed to all distressed municipalities that by the end of this year they would receive support from dedicated teams.

The department said Sunday the objectives of the visits by the Minister are to identify critical and priority challenges for ministerial intervention. During the visit, root causes of identified challenges will be discussed in detail and concrete intervention proposals will be proposed.

The Minister is also scheduled to meet with the political leadership of Collins Chabane and Vhembe Municipalities to engage on the Vuwani demarcation impasse, the department said.

The Minister is also scheduled to meet with the leadership of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders, the upper chamber of the South African Parliament, to brief the members on the problem.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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