ANC coun­cil­lors ‘duck’ Sol meet­ing

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A SOL Plaatje City Coun­cil meet­ing, sched­uled for yes­ter­day, had to be post­poned af­ter only 28 of the city’s 64 coun­cil­lors ar­rived for the meet­ing.

Al­most all the ANC coun­cil­lors, with the ex­cep­tion of the Speaker, Ben Spring­bok, and the 11 so-called “rebel” coun­cil­lors, nine of whom have been ex­pelled from the party for vot­ing in sup­port of the DA-ini­ti­ated mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in the for­mer ex­ec­u­tive mayor, Man­gal­iso Matika, sub­mit­ted apolo­gies for yes­ter­day’s meet­ing, cit­ing a va­ri­ety of rea­sons rang­ing from ill­ness, to fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and other meet­ings. The large num­ber of miss­ing coun­cil­lors meant that there were in­suf­fi­cient num­bers present to form a quo­rum.

Ac­cord­ing to a post on so­cial me­dia, ANC coun­cil­lors were in­structed, “ap­par­ently from the top”, not to at­tend the meet­ing.

“At 7am this morn­ing al­ready a mes­sage was sent out stat­ing that none of the ANC coun­cil­lors would be there, they would all be on leave,” the post states.

The au­thor ques­tioned in the post whether coun­cil­lors are “duck­ing and div­ing and pulling stunts to avoid com­ing clean about this re­port (the106 re­port)”. “SP and friends, please stop un­der­min­ing our in­tel­li­gence,” the post states.

The ANC re­gional spokesper­son, Tshepo Louw, said yes­ter­day that the party was not aware of any apolo­gies from its coun­cil­lors for yes­ter­day’s coun­cil meet­ing. “The apolo­gies do not go to the ANC but to coun­cil.”

He stated fur­ther that the ANC was not aware of any in­struc­tion given to any coun­cil­lors (not to at­tend yes­ter­day’s meet­ing). “Ours is to pri­ori­tise ser­vice de­liv­ery to Sol Plaatje com­mu­ni­ties.”

The last time the coun­cil met for an or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing was at the be­gin­ning of June.

Among the mat­ters on the agenda for yes­ter­day’s meet­ing were sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions from the Spelum Com­mit­tee, taken in May and June this year. These items, which deal largely with alien­ations and re­zon­ing for de­vel­op­ment, re­quire ap­proval from coun­cil be­fore they can con­tinue.

Coun­cil was also sup­posed to give its ap­proval for sign­ing author­ity for of­fi­cials in the Fi­nance Depart­ment, which au­tho­rises them to with­draw money from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s bank ac­counts to de­fray ex­pen­di­ture.

The fourth quar­ter bud­get and per­for­mance as­sess­ment re­port - aimed at keep­ing coun­cil abreast of any chal­lenges aris­ing dur­ing the bud­get im­ple­men­ta­tion - was also up for dis­cus­sion.

The coun­cil was also due to pro­nounce it­self “in con­sid­er­a­tion of the com­mu­nity dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the in­tro­duc­tion of a ba­sic charge for the do­mes­tic cat­e­gory of users, on the mat­ter of not im­ple­ment­ing the ba­sic charge of R260” as well as look at the im­pend­ing short­fall and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of cost con­tain­ment mea­sures. This has dras­tic im­pli­ca­tions for rev­enue, ex­pen­di­ture, cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture and the col­lec­tion of out­stand­ing debt.

Yes­ter­day’s agenda also in­cluded a re­port on the “sta­tus of events em­a­nat­ing from the strike of July 12”.

Mean­while, the Spe­cial Sol Plaatje City Coun­cil meet­ing to dis­cuss the Sec­tion 106 re­port has been sched­uled for No­vem­ber 28.

“The nine ANC ‘rebel’ coun­cil­lors have 21 days to ap­peal their ex­pul­sion from the party. The IEC will not re­move them as coun­cil­lors un­til all the le­gal pro­cesses have been fi­nalised. By post­pon­ing the meet­ing un­til the end of No­vem­ber, there is a good chance that the IEC would have re­moved them as coun­cil­lors and then the ANC will have its ma­jor­ity to vote in Ma­bilo as ex­ec­u­tive mayor at that meet­ing,” an in­sider said yes­ter­day.

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