by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Date: 26 October 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape is dismayed but not surprised by the expulsion of the 11 ANC councillors from Sol Plaatje municipality who yesterday voted for the people’s choice of Mayor, Pule Thabane, as opposed to the ANC’s choice of Patrick Mabilo.
We had really hoped that, for the sake of stability in Sol Plaatje, the ANC would now stand back and allow the municipality to finally move forward again, after months of political turmoil. Instead, they will now push the municipality into an even further state of limbo with continued infighting.
The failing ANC is also allowing ongoing factionalism to overshadow the very damning Section 106 Report, that was eventually tabled in Council yesterday.
In particular, the ANC is avoiding addressing the contract extensions of the acting Municipal Manager, Ruth Sebolecwe, and acting Chief Financial Officer, JJ Wagner, who have both been implicated in the long-awaited Section 106 report.
Amongst many other things, the report raises questions regarding Sebolecwe’s role in granting access to the suspended MM, Goolam Akharwaray, and CFO Lydia Maholko, to the municipal IT system. It also mentions a Hawks investigation into irregular appointments of friends and family members under her watch, as well as her inability to account for all the EPWP project workers on the system.
The DA today wrote to COGHSTA MEC, Bentley Vass, demanding answers relating to the contract extensions approved by himself. The DA is of the view that the extensions, which must be requested by Council but were not, are in fact invalid. In effect, this means that all payments, contracts and appointments signed by the acting CFO and acting MM for the past week, may be invalid.
The DA is in the process of considering how best to take this matter forward.
In the meantime, we will also be studying the Section 106 Report in detail, as soon as we gain access to it, to ensure that no stone is left unturned in rooting out the rot that has taken hold of Sol Plaatje.
The ongoing Sol Plaatje saga is proof that the ANC will never be able to undo the damage that is has inflicted upon this city.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure sustainable service delivery and economic growth that is able to benefit all residents of Kimberley
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