Mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in ‘miss­ing’ Kgatelopele mayor

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - NEWS - SANDI KWON HOO CHIEF RE­PORTER

THE DA and coun­cil­lors from the Kgatelopele Com­mu­nity Fo­rum were not able to pass a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in the mu­nic­i­pal mayor, Nor­man Prince, due to his ab­sence from a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing that was held on Tues­day.

DA MPL, Ad­vo­cate Boi­tumelo Babuseng, yes­ter­day said that Prince re­fused to con­vene the coun­cil meet­ing to dis­cuss a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in the mayor.

“Prince, in­stead, sent a warn­ing let­ter to one of the coun­cil­lors to with­draw the re­quest for a meet­ing.

“Prince has since van­ished from the coun­cil build­ings and has been seen mov­ing around the com­mu­nity try­ing to gain sup­port in the form of a pe­ti­tion to pre­vent the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence.”

He in­di­cated that ques­tion­able be­hav­iour over the past few months in­cluded the un­law­ful in­crease of R28 mil­lion to R55 mil­lion for the ox­i­da­tion pond ten­der, the un­law­ful ap­point­ment of friends and cronies at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the un­law­ful oc­cu­pa­tion of the mayor’s house.

“The bud­get and In­te­grated De­vel­op­ment Plan has not been adopted yet by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity while ser­vice de­liv­ery is suf­fer­ing.”

Ac­cord­ing to a let­ter signed by six coun­cil­lors, a mayor/chair­per­son of coun­cil was not en­ti­tled to oc­cupy a mu­nic­i­pal prop­erty at the ex­pense of ratepay­ers with­out proper con­sul­ta­tion with the coun­cil.

“The prop­erty oc­cu­pied by the coun­cil­lor is ear­marked for the chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.”

Prince stated that the mat­ter re­gard­ing the le­git­i­mate leader of the Kgatelopele Com­mu­nity Fo­rum (KCF) was still sub­ject to a le­gal process.

“I re­ferred the mat­ter to my at­tor­ney and the court must de­cide. The KCF, of which I am the chair­per­son, does not recog­nise the mem­bers who con­vened the spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing and there­fore I did not at­tend. No man­date was given for the coun­cil meet­ing to sit.”

He pointed out that the al­le­ga­tions brought against him were with­out any sub­stance.

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