by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
Date: 19 October 2018
While Sol Plaatje municipality has finally sent out a notification of a council meeting scheduled for next week, the Agenda leaves the DA with more questions than answers.
A SMS notification received by councillors today, indicates that a meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 25 October. The agenda points noted in the SMS include the long overdue section 106 report, as well as the renewal of the contracts of the acting Municipal Manager and the acting Chief Financial officer.
While the DA is pleased that the elusive Section 106 report will finally be discussed, we are not happy with the fact that the ANC is still playing politics with council by avoiding the election of a new mayor. Clearly COGHSTA MEC, Bentley Vass, whose office previously committed to a 24-hour intervention, does not carry the best interests of Kimberley residents close to his heart because calm and order will not return to Kimberley until this major gap in leadership has finally been filled.
At the same time, the DA cannot understand how it can be that the expired contracts of the acting MM and acting CFO were suddenly and mysteriously renewed yesterday, while the matter is only due to be discussed by Council next week.
Acting MM, Ruth Sebolecwe, who is also the Director of Corporate Services, must answer for this. We need to know who authorized the extension of these contracts and whether the extension is indeed valid.
The continued circus at Sol Plaatje must come to an end.
We will carefully scrutinize the soon to be revealed Section 106 report and will insist that all our questions emanating from this secretive document are answered. We will also continue to push for the election of a new Mayor.
Ultimately, however, only change under a DA-led government will ensure transparent financial management and effective service delivery, that can restore Kimberley to its former glory.
DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Shelley De Witt
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