by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Date: 18 October 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape today reverted back to COGHSTA after our valid request for a Special Council Meeting was blocked by Sol Plaatje municipality.
Having obtained the required number of signatures from councillors, the DA is well within our rights to insist upon a meeting tomorrow. However, despite us having followed proper processes, the ANC once again orchestrated a move to block this meeting from going ahead.
In effect, we could not get anyone from the office of the Speaker, Ben Springbok, the office of the Mayor, of which the position remains vacant, or the office of the acting Municipal Manager, Ruth Sebolecwe, whose contract has since expired, to accept our written request.
It is unbelievable that the acting MM, who is also Director of Corporate Services, has failed to efficiently deal with the expired contracts of herself and the acting Chief Financial Officer. Sebolecwe is clearly playing into the hands of the ANC. She has also proved that she has double standards, as she was quite willing to serve as the chairperson on the Executive Management Team committee but won’t accept a letter requesting a special council meeting.
The DA suspects that the failing ANC instructed officials not to accept our letter because they are not ready to proceed with a council meeting. The ANC remains uncertain of their support base and, rather than risk getting more egg on their face by again not getting Patrick Mabilo sworn in as mayor, they are instead pushing for a total collapse of Sol Plaatje.
The DA has submitted our request for a Special Council meeting to COGHSTA MEC, Bentley Vass, for his urgent intervention, failing which, we will escalate our call for assistance to National Minister Zweli Mkhize.
The DA, like the rest of Kimberley, will not accept a situation whereby Sol Plaatje is collapsed, purely to accommodate the underhand agenda of the ANC, which is inflicting irreparable damage on this city.
Work must go on, services must be delivered.
Only change under a DA-led government will restore calm, common sense and service delivery to Kimberley.
DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387