by Andrew Louw – DA Provincial Leader in the Northern Cape
Date: 25 July 2018
The Democratic Alliance is disturbed by the new allegations that the provincial chairperson of the ANC, Zamani Saul, continues to run the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality as though it is a local branch of the ANC.
Community members have repeatedly raised their concerns with us that directors and senior management members are required to report to Saul on the operations of the municipality. He then issues instructions, which usurps the authority of council and the municipal administration to manage the affairs of the municipality.
It appears that Saul is specifically interested in projects where the ANC can either deploy only their card-carrying members or in projects where there’s an opportunity for kickbacks. One recent example is the appointment of Ruth Sebolecwe as acting municipal manager. She already received notification of her appointment a day before the council even met to approve the decision! This was a direct instruction from the ANC and shows, once again, that the ANC will manipulate any matter to its own benefit rather than to the benefit of the community.
Perhaps Saul’s insistence on having municipal officials report to him is the reason why he is allowed to run up an electricity bill of more than R120 000 without having his municipal services disconnected?
The Northern Cape struggles with a high unemployment rate, which brings with it high levels of poverty and inequality. Unemployment, especially among young people and amongst young graduates, is worsened by the ANC’s policy of cadre deployment. Even at the lowest level of appointment in department, the ANC must first give its stamp of approval.
The ANC’s decision that it alone will decide who is employed in municipal positions and projects worsens the unemployment in Sol Plaatje and shows that it is a party truly desperate for political support. Even graduates are being denied opportunities based on political affiliation.
By contrast, the DA promotes opportunities for all community members where we govern. This is evidenced by the fact that 75% of all new jobs created in South Africa between the first quarters of 2017 and 2018 were created in the Western Cape, where we govern – and we don’t ask you to give us your membership card when you apply for a municipal job.
It is only the DA which can bring the change that residents deserve.