Two ANC coun­cil­lors turn mayor down

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TWO ANC coun­cil­lors who were cho­sen by the new Sol Plaatje ex­ec­u­tive mayor, Pula Tha­bane, to serve as chair­per­sons on his may­oral com­mit­tee, Paul Kok and Di­makatso Chinkulu, have de­clined their nom­i­na­tions.

Kok stated that he was never con­sulted about his ap­point­ment.

“I have never had any dis­cus­sion with Tha­bane re­gard­ing the po­si­tion of be­ing chairperson of the safety and se­cu­rity com­mit­tee. I hereby dis­tance my­self from this an­nounce­ment made by him. I will never ac­cept that po­si­tion and I will never un­der­mine the ANC. I take man­date from my branch and the com­mu­nity. I did not con­test the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions – the ANC did, there­fore I am an agent of change for the ANC. The ANC de­ployed me, not Tha­bane,” said Kok.

Mean­while, ANC coun­cil­lor Boi­tumelo Stout was ap­pointed as the chairperson of hu­man set­tle­ment ser­vices on the may­oral com­mit­tee.

Tha­bane pointed out that any mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee was free to step down, pro­vided writ­ten no­tice was pro­vided.

“The mem­bers of the may­oral com­mit­tee were cho­sen on the ba­sis of their knowl­edge and abil­i­ties; and in­cludes a broad rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women and ex­pe­ri­ence in serv­ing in may­oral com­mit­tees.”

He ex­plained that he did not fo­cus on the fact that many of the mem­bers of the may­oral com­mit­tee were in the process of ap­peal­ing their ex­pul­sions from the ANC.

“I am not in­volved in the dis­ci­plinary process and have hand­picked the most suit­able can­di­dates for the job.”

Tha­bane added that he had met with the Ex­panded Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme work­ers on Fri­day to en­cour­age them to end their strike ac­tion.

“We have promised the work­ers that no one will be fired and have pro­vided them with the nec­es­sary per­sonal pro­tec­tive cloth­ing and equip­ment. We need to, how­ever, es­tab­lish if they qual­ify for the salary in­crease in line with the grad­ing of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.”

Tha­bane said that he would con­vince coun­cil­lors to con­vene a coun­cil meet­ing be­fore Novem­ber 28 in or­der to ad­dress per­ti­nent mat­ters fac­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. “For too long, ser­vices have stood still.”

ANC Re­gional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (REC) spokesper­son Tshepo Louw said that Tha­bane was act­ing with­out the man­date of the ANC.

“What he does, does not con­cern us, he is do­ing it at his own peril. The REC will only make a con­sid­er­a­tion if Pa­trick Ma­bilo is the mayor.”

Louw added that it was up to each coun­cil­lor to de­cide if they wished to serve on the may­oral com­mit­tee.

“In­di­vid­ual coun­cil­lors know the pro­cesses and should let their con­sciences guide them.”

ANC re­gional sec­re­tary Web­ster Dich­aba added that the new may­oral com­mit­tee did not have their bless­ing.

“Two coun­cil­lors in­formed us that they de­clined the nom­i­na­tions – they are loyal and com­mit­ted mem­bers of the ANC. The REC was not con­sulted, we are sup­posed to ad­vise who is se­lected. Mem­bers are de­ployed to the may­oral com­mit­tee by the ANC. It proves that the ex­pelled ANC coun­cil­lors are un­con­trol­lable and are a law unto them­selves. The coun­cil­lors need to be in­formed first, they should not find out in the me­dia.”

Dich­aba ques­tioned the haste in which the may­oral com­mit­tee was ap­pointed.

“The mayor first has to be sworn in.”

He stated that the rebel coun­cil­lors could not be re­moved un­til the ap­peal process had been fi­nalised.

“If they lose the ap­peal they will be re­moved and re­placed. We are not afraid of hold­ing by-elec­tions as we are con­fi­dent that the ANC will re­tain the wards. We are pre­pared to op­pose any court ac­tion should they be re­moved. If they suc­ceed with the ap­peal, we will have to find a dif­fer­ent way of deal­ing with them and giv­ing them po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tion. They were in­formed about the man­date. We never pre­dicted that they would be so un­ruly.”

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