Motion of no confidence in ‘missing’ Kgatelopele mayor
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.