MANGUANG - Ratings agency Moody's has downgraded the Mangaung municipality for the second time.
Poor governance resulted in the city being placed under administration.
The SACP said the leadership of the municipality must take full responsibility.
"The problems started immediately after a number of changes happened," said Bheki Stofile.
"When the changes came in 2016, with the new leadership, with the new administrative and political leadership and then you see or begin to realise the down trend process of the local government."
Stofile said the combination of municipal areas into one metropolitan area allocated debt from rural and underdeveloped areas to the Manguang municipality and compounded problems for the municipality.