Parliament - Deputy President David Mabuza wants departments who owe municipalities billions of rands to start making payments immediately.
Mabuza told the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday, during question time, that he will help President Cyril Ramaphosa to get defaulting departments to make urgent payments to the struggling municipalities.
Departments, households and businesses owe municipalities more than R165 billion.
But some of the departments owe municipalities more than R10.3 billion and households owe R118bn. The other billions were owed by businesses.
Mabuza said it was untenable that national departments would continue to default on their payments to municipalities.