The Democratic Alliance (DA) claims the Gauteng Provincial Government departments is owing the DA municipalities in the province R443 million.

The DA said the province is owing R443 million to its municipalities needed to address the service delivery backlog left behind by the ANC.

The party went on to say that of the R613 million owed to all municipalities across the province, 72% of this will be split between the cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Mogale City.

“The departments of Infrastructure Development, Health, Education, Roads and Transport, Social Development and Human Settlements have failed to live up to their obligations to transfer funds which they received as grants from National Treasury to  DA municipalities in the province.

“Most notably are the amounts of money owed by the Department of Infrastructure Development. In a province where in-migration is unparalleled more than anywhere else in the country, the need for new infrastructure development is paramount” DA’s Bronwynn Engelbrecht noted.

He said it is impossible for DA municipalities to roll out quality services if the funding required to do so is not available. Without it, business comes to a halt and residents are denied access to the heartbeat of democracy – functioning local government.

The DA said it will pose questions to Gauteng Premier David Makhura of the African National Congress (ANC) and request that he provide a timeline of when these funds will be paid to the relevant municipalities and what steps will be taken to avoid this from happening in the future.

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