by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Provincial Leader
Date: 05 September 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape notes with concern the formal resignation of the Speaker of Sol Plaatje, Ben Springbok, as received by the municipality today.
It is strange that the resignation of Springbok has arrived at the municipality before the resignation of Mayor Mangaliso Matika, who already announced his resignation on Monday night.
Also strange is that Springbok today scheduled a Special Council meeting on 26 September 2018, before he even submitted his resignation. According to information, the Agenda will just deal with the shortfall caused by the electricity tariff fee of R260.
The DA suspects that the ANC has ulterior motives and is playing for time in order to resolve the disciplinary hearings against the ANC 11, who infamously voted against Matika.
In the meantime, the absence of the Speaker, in addition to the absence of a mayor, will only serve to exacerbate the state of limbo that the municipality finds itself in. Kimberley can ill afford this.
The DA will submit a motion, supported by the majority of councillors, to request for an urgent council meeting whereby the acting MM can preside over council to elect a new Speaker; Matika’s resignation can be fast-tracked; and the financial crisis being experienced by Sol Plaatje can be deliberated, so that the community can finally be informed of how budgetary shortfalls will affect them.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that internal party politics does not affect the running of government institutions and ultimately interrupt service delivery.
DA Northern Cape Provincial Leader
082 383 6914
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387