by Dr Allen Grootboom, MP – DA Constituency Head: Diamond South
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Date: 02 August 2018
The DA will write to the Premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, requesting her to directly intervene in the matter between the former Renosterberg Mayor, Arthwel Kwinana, and the municipality to ensure that the instruction issued (attached here) by the then acting Municipal Manager, Mr N. G Veli be upheld. The instruction that Kwinana immediately vacate the illegally occupied land, issued in 2016, has been ignored to this day.
Kwinana received the eviction order from the municipality more than two years ago after officials detected that he had illegally been occupying municipal land and that he committed unlawful land invasions without the necessary permission and approval by the municipal council.
Kwinana is still an occupant of his illegal Nkandla-like homestead, which has so many similarities to former President Jacob Zuma’s homestead (attached here) – and he seemingly refuses to abide by the law.
This serious act of misconduct, which has been overlooked by the municipality for over two years, can no longer be swept under the carpet. The DA calls on the municipality to go ahead with obtaining a court order and further intensify legal action against Kwinana immediately.
It seems to be the trend the ANC wants to set – illegally occupying municipal land and justifying their corruption by referring to, and trying to change, Section 25 of the Constitution.
This open defiance by the former Mayor is an indication of how corrupt and greedy officials become once they aren’t in power anymore.
It seems that once ANC officials cannot steal the people’s money through the municipality, they will attempt to steal the land.
The Premier cannot continue turning a blind eye while a lawful instruction from a municipal official is openly defied by a Mayor who is intent on illegally inhabiting municipal land.
The situation at Renosterberg local municipality is a clear testament that only a DA government is best placed to deliver better services and a transparent government to the residents of the municipality.
Dr Allen Grootboom, MP
DA Constituency Head: Diamond South
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