THE DA wants a sub-council in BCM for King William’s Town and surrounding areas.
The party has submitted a motion of notice to the Bhisho Legislature wanting the matter to receive the attention of all 63 MPLs.
At a recent sitting of the legislature, DA MPL Dacre Haddon said service delivery was unequally distributed between East London on the one hand and King William’s Town, including Dimbaza, Sweetwaters, Bhisho, Ilitha, Berlin and Breidbach on the other, where service delivery problems were largely ignored.
His motion says the legislature should resolve that the local government MEC introduce a subcouncil for King William’s Town and surrounds as provided for in the Municipal Structures Act.
Yesterday, Haddon said his motion had to go to the multiparty committee for discussion and then be debated at a legislature sitting to be announced.
“There seems to be support it,” he told the Daily Dispatch.
Haddon said it was clear that King William’s Town was not fully integrated under BCM.
“It would make sense to have parts of Buffalo City declared a subcouncil. I think you can get far better service delivery,” he said.
Haddon said the formation of a sub-council would ensure that there was a focus on aspects of community needs and governance in the area.
Chief whip Humphrey Maxegwana said the notice of motion would for be discussed at a later stage.
“There will be a time for its discussion,” he said, adding that the programming committee would probably consider including it in the next sitting’s announcements, tablings and committee reports.
Maxegwana said there was nothing wrong in Haddon making a notice and parties worked together when such issues were raised.
“We will consult about that motion. If we need more clarity, we are to be clarified by that political party in a meeting,” he said.
But local government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane said the mooted subcouncil was not welcome.
“This suggestion is inspired by a matter that rather needs the BCM to beef up its service delivery machinery,” he said, adding that the metro was still new.
Qoboshiyane insisted that King William’s Town was part of BCM and the metro’s budget included all communities within its ambit.
“It is then superfluous to suggest premature creation of a sub-council. If there is a feeling that some parts of the metro don’t receive the necessary attention, the executive and council will attend to those.
“This must be done in line with increasing access to municipal services by our people,” he said.
No comment was received from BCM at the time of going to press.
Cape Town has 24 sub-councils that are delegated powers and functions by the council. These include supervising spending of ward allocations on service delivery issues, resolving residents’ complaints and encouraging public involvement in municipal activities. — mayibongwem@