The DA-led Modimolle/Mookgophong municipality in Limpopo has been placed under administration by the provincial government as it is technically bankrupt, among other reasons. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Limpopo provincial executive council on Wednesday. The municipality is one of several hung councils in SA that have been governed by coalition governments since the 2016 local government elections. The ANC lost its majority in the council in those elections, even though it received the largest number of the seats in the council. The DA, the EFF and the Freedom Front Plus voted for a DA mayor, and the municipality had since been governed by a coalition government that depended on the EFF’s votes to pass any motion with a majority if the ANC did not also support it. Premier Stan Mathabatha’s office said after the meeting that the executive council had resolved that the municipality must be dealt with according to section 139(1) of the Constitution, which sets out how a p...

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