17 October 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape is urgently gathering signatures from Sol Plaatje councillors so as to submit a request for a special council meeting to be convened on Friday.
This comes after a group of Sol Plaatje councillors spent the morning outside the offices of COGHSTA MEC, Bentley Vass, waiting in vain to meet with him. While the DA has reason to believe that Vass was in the building, he opted to send two senior officials to hold an audience with the councillors instead.
The DA is deeply dissatisfied with the casual way that provincial government is treating the Sol Plaatje crisis.
Not only is Sol Plaatje municipality currently without a mayor and under the spineless leadership of Speaker Ben Springbok but the contracts of the acting Municipal Manager and acting Chief Financial Officer are also due to expire in the next couple of days. Failure to address this as a matter of urgency will further exacerbate the municipal standstill and might as well see the municipality officially close its doors.
Vass’s failure to meet with councillors proves that the failing ANC does not care about the people of Kimberley. Instead, the ANC is content to use Sol Plaatje in a power struggle between factions.
No political party is bigger or more important than an entire city and therefore the DA will not allow ANC factionalism to hold Sol Plaatje municipality ransom.
The DA will do whatever it takes to get the municipality back on its feet so that it can resume with the delivery of services to all residents of Kimberley.
DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387