by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Date: 29 November 2018
The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape calls for the immediate resignation of the acting municipal manager in the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality, Ms Ruth Sebolecwe. Should she fail to do the honourable thing and resign, we will be left with no other option but to consider further legal action including the possibility of criminal charges.
We have documents in our possession which shows that Ms Sebolecwe has been manipulating the government systems to the financial benefit of her family, much in the same way that John Block and others have done.
These documents indicate that Ms Sebolecwe cannot and should not be trusted with public funds.
As of August 2017, when she was serving as Executive Director for Corporate Services, Ms Sebolecwe’s son Montshiwa was appointed as Human Resource Administrator in the EPWP office in Ritchie at a monthly wage of R19 066. By stark comparison, co-ordinators of EPWP workers in the Mayoral Cleaning Project earn R7 500.
Additionally, Mr Sebolecwe was paid a travel allowance for August 2017, September 2017 and October 2017. The three claims alone amounted to R28 872. Yet the contract he entered into with the municipality does not give him the authority to claim a travel allowance.
Indeed, considering the fact that the municipality has been pleading poverty when it comes to issues of service delivery, it is utterly inexcusable that family members of senior management can claim benefits left and right when raw sewage runs down our streets, refuse is not collected, broken street lights are not fixed and water as well as electricity cuts have become a daily occurrence.
Aside from his family collections, why is Mr Sebolecwe being treated like royalty?
Every time that Mr Sebolecwe’s contract is set to expire, it is renewed again and again. It is suspicious that, at these times, another person is delegated the authorities of an acting Executive Director for Corporate Services and then signs on behalf of the municipality. A honest official in Ms Sebolecwe’s shoes would have recused herself from the matter entirely. What we have here, instead, is someone who knows that she is doing something wrong and trying to create a smokescreen or scapegoat for her actions.
It is also inexplicable that Mr Sebolecwe’s contract is renewed although attendance registers indicate that he seldom bothers to sign in. Why renew the contract of someone who is expected to monitor the attendance of others, but who cannot comply when requested to monitor his own attendance? Would any other official without a mommy in senior management be granted this kind of extension, time and again?
Sol Plaatje is on the brink of collapse, facing financial ruin and simply cannot afford to have officials who use the public purse as their personal ATMs.
We remind Ms Sebolecwe, and other officials who abuse government systems for their own gain, that corruption does not pay. Indeed, the type of corruption perpetrated by ANC-led administrations intent on personal enrichment oppresses South Africans and robs communities of opportunities.
It is only the DA which has a proven record of being accountable, transparent and capable of tackling corruption.
DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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