Rustenburg - The Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality in North West was placed under administration on Wednesday, the provincial local government department said.

“The provincial executive committee has resolved to place Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality under administration with immediate effect,” spokesman Ben Bole said in a statement.

An administrator would be appointed to take over the municipality's executive functions for 12 months. The muncipality's seat is Mahikeng.

Bole said the municipality had experienced governance and administrative problems since 2011. These include failure to address audit disclaimers for the years 2011 to 2013, the non-payment of debt, and service delivery issues.

According to local government MEC Collen Maine, the municipality had failed to address transgressions, Bole said.

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