African Times - - Politics - ISAAC RAMOTHWALA

MOGALAKWENA ANC re­gional deputy co­or­di­na­tor Toli Mashamaite is ac­cused of run­ning the coun­cil and mu­nic­i­pal­ity with an iron fist.

The Demo­cratic al­liance and the Eco­nomic Free­dom fight­ers in the Mogalakwena Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity al­lege that Mashamaite im­poses his de­ci­sions on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and they blame in­ad­e­quate ser­vice de­liv­ery on this.

They are also blam­ing the tim­ing and the price of the car the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity wishes to buy for the Mayor when they are un­able to pro­vide ser­vices.

EFF Coun­cil­lor Le­bo­gang Mon­a­geng said that they were cer­tain that Mashamaite has been giv­ing Coun­cil­lors and the Mayor man­dates to ex­e­cute in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“There are a num­ber of times where he had a meet­ing with them on de­ci­sions that must be taken. He was re­spon­si­ble in the ap­point­ment of Tactical Man­agers in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity which was sup­posed to have been ap­pointed by the Mayor in her ca­pac­ity and he even went on to boast about it that he is the one that makes things hap­pen. All the de­ci­sions are made in con­sul­ta­tion of Toli Mashamaite,” Mon­a­geng said.

He also cited the the role of fac­tions, with one be­long­ing to Mashamaite and the other to the Mayor of Water­berg District Morris Mataboge within the ANC in Water­berg as some of the rea­sons ser­vice de­liv­ery is af­fected at Mogalakwena Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

He said Mashamaite’s fac­tion is al­ways in fights with Mataboge’s fac­tion and they would dis­rupt coun­cil meet­ings which even­tu­ally af­fects ser­vice de­liv­ery since no de­ci­sions were made to pro­vide ser­vices.

“Some­times we are un­able to hold coun­cil sit­tings be­cause one fac­tion upped and left the meet­ing and the meet­ing had to be post­poned and that af­fects ser­vice de­liv­ery be­cause the mu­nic­i­pal­ity de­pends on the de­ci­sions made by the Coun­cil,” he said.

The DA Chief Whip at the Mogalakwena Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Korny Dekker said that he was also aware that the Mayor at Mogalakwena was al­low­ing ex­ter­nal forces to take de­ci­sions af­fect­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

He said that he has seen Mashamaite on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions ad­dress­ing Mayor and some of the Exco mem­bers.

“They are def­i­nitely in­flu­enced by out­side peo­ple, they are like pup­pets. They must start think­ing about what the com­mu­ni­ties need since they are our num­ber one pri­or­ity,” Dekker said.

He said he was also con­cerned about the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s de­ci­sion to buy a car for the mayor close to a R1 Mil­lion when there is no proper ser­vice de­liv­ery. Dekker said that: “The streets lights are not work­ing and our roads are filled with pot­holes but they want to buy ex­pen­sive cars. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity was closed on Thurs­day and Fri­day be­cause of a strike be­cause they wanted ser­vices. When I brought this be­fore the Coun­cil re­gard­ing the car they started laugh­ing at me and said that I was out of or­der”.

He said that the Mayor was not judged by the car he or she driv­ing but the ser­vices they are pro­vid­ing for the peo­ple.

How­ever, The EFF’s Mon­a­geng said that they do not have a prob­lem that they are buy­ing the mayor a car but the time for the car to be parked was has not ar­rived, it needed to reach cer­tain Kilo­me­tres be­fore they buy a new one.

“We are say­ing there is still 3000 kilo­me­tres left be­fore it could be parked. There are par­tic­u­lar Kilo­me­tres that are pre­scribed by the rules of Coun­cil in terms of the May­oral car and the Mayor still has a cou­ple of months be­fore they can buy her a new car and the price must be rea­son­able,” he said.

Mashamaite dis­missed claims by the DA and EFF that he in­flu­ences de­ci­sions at the Mogalakwena Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the Mayor and the Coun­cil are the ones tak­ing de­ci­sions as far as he is con­cerned.

“It’s not true at all, in fact it is the ANC that gets more con­cerned when there is no ser­vice de­liv­ery, more than any other Po­lit­i­cal party. When I speak, I al­ways en­cour­age our de­ploy­ees in Coun­cils to speed up ser­vice de­liv­ery wher­ever is needed even when I was the Re­gional Sec­re­tary not what they say­ing,” he said.

Pic­ture: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela / Visu­alBuzz SA

Mogalakwena ANC re­gional deputy co­or­di­na­tor Toli Mashamaite(right) pic­tured with Mayor of Water­berg District Morris Mataboge, the two are alledged to be fac­tions with­ing the ANC in the Water­burg.

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