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On 4 October, journalist Theto Mahlakoana spoke to Joanne Joseph on Radio 702’s Afternoon Drive, discussing PARI’s latest report, Mind The Gap: Section 139 interventions in theory and in practise.

‘While the autonomy of municipalities is protected constitutionally, it is also the responsibility of the provincial executive committees and at times national government to jump in when things go “pear shaped”, says Eyewitness News reporter Theto Mahlakoana.

Research organisation, the Public Affairs Research Institute recently launched a study looking at just how much can be done to rescue troubled municipalities with the help of provinces and national government.

Mahlakoana sat down with Joanne Joseph to share some of the findings in the report. She explains that where there is intervention – municipalities have no chance of being revived.’