The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape took a firm stand against corruption during today’s Sol Plaatje council meeting, staging a walk out of after the agenda was once again manipulated to suit the ANC’s narrow agenda and not the interests of Kimberley residents.
It came as little surprise that the agenda point on the Section 106 report into maladministration was once again brushed aside.
The DA respects a court interdict relating restricting council from acting on recommendations that must be implemented against the CFO. In the interest of accountability and consequence management, however we could at least have started to discuss how to move forward and put processes in place to address accountability and corruption.
The DA is also opposed to the way the ANC hijacked the meeting to swear in new Mayor, Patrick Mabilo.
The major event of electing a new mayor for Kimberley featured nowhere on the agenda. This is despite the ANC having known full well that it was going to go ahead with the swearing in, pending its successful expulsion of the nine ANC councillors who previously voted in favour of the DA to oust former mayor Mangaliso Matika.
We are sick and tired of the way that the failing ANC ignores due process and simply does as it pleases, when it pleases, with no regard for the and democracy.
The way that the ANC has so vigorously endorsed Mabilo as mayor, is just more proof that the ANC doesn’t take corruption seriously.
Mabilo has a shady track record in government, including 11 counts of maladministration and flaunting of procedures, for which he was axed from Sol Plaatje. When he became an MEC, he was further accused of state credit card fraud and animal abuse.
He is clearly not someone that Kimberley residents can be proud of to call their Mayor.
The DA will not form part of the ongoing shenanigans taking place within Sol Plaatje. We will also not become a rubber stamp to the failing ANC’s agenda of mismanagement and corruption.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that corruption within Sol Plaatje comes to an end and that service delivery improvement is always at the forefront of the municipality’s agenda.