Call for re­moval of ward coun­cil­lor


THETHANI Com­pre­hen­sive Foun­da­tion pres­i­dent Mzi­wozuko Fuma this week called for the re­moval of Sada ward 25 coun­cil­lor Lu­lama Sokhupe-Rasi­mosi and a re­lated in­ves­ti­ga­tion into cor­rup­tion and in­com­pe­tency.

The foun­da­tion is a com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive which chal­lenges and ad­dresses a lack of de­vel­op­ment in Whit­tle­sea.

Fuma al­leges that Sokhupe-Rasi­mosi re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from Jaxa At­tor­neys last week, fol­low­ing the al­leged evic­tion of a res­i­dent, Thokoza Sa­jani, who had in­her­ited the house’s ti­tle deed from the late owner Nosebenza Mar­garet Rholih­lahla.

He said de­spite the le­gal let­ter, the sit­u­a­tion re­mained un­changed.

Fuma also claimed that Sokhuphe-Rase­mosi had writ­ten to re­quest cater­ing funds for the Church Min­is­ter’s As­so­ci­a­tion launch be­tween July and Au­gust last year.

“She re­ceived the money from the Spe­cial Pro­grammes Unit af­ter claim­ing it was for a war room meet­ing.”

He al­leged that the coun­cil­lor was in­vited to 11 meet­ings with stake­hold­ers to es­tab­lish good work­ing re­la­tions, with the aim of build­ing a Sada De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum.

“She was only able to at­tend three of them and mis­led stake­hold­ers with empty prom­ises.”

Ac­cord­ing to pol­icy, coun­cil­lors were sup­posed to hold at least one meet­ing ev­ery three months, Fuma said, claim­ing that Sokhuphe only held one meet­ing in Oc­to­ber.

The com­mu­nity was also dis­sat­is­fied with a lack of re­ports on a tar road main­te­nance project and com­pen­sa­tion ar­range­ments for res­i­dents whose houses were flooded in March.

Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Gcobani Msind­wana, re­act­ing to queries from The Rep, said, “We will do a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion to see who is in the wrong with­out be­ing prej­u­diced against any­one”.

Msind­wana said Sokhuphe con­firmed that she had a meet­ing with the speaker, Mzi­wox­olo Peter, and Fuma about the is­sues.

“We do not have the facts about the con­ver­sa­tion that took place be­tween the three par­ties. The speaker is cur­rently at the Salga [South African Lo­cal Govern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion] stake­holder man­age­ment work­shop in Port El­iz­a­beth. We have to wait for him to find out what tran­spired at the meet­ing.”

Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity speaker Mzox­olo Peter said Fuma had writ­ten to him about the al­le­ga­tions against Sokhuphe late last year.

“I called a meet­ing with Fuma, the peo­ple with him and Sokhuphe to hear both sides of the story. When es­tab­lished struc­tures are not ex­e­cut­ing their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties it spills over as frus­tra­tion in the com­mu­nity whose needs are not met. I de­cided at the meet­ing to as­sess the struc­tures. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity stip­u­lates that ev­ery quar­ter there must be a ward meet­ing when the coun­cil­lor gives feed­back about var­i­ous mat­ters.”

Peter con­tin­ued, “I have been to the ward to as­sess how the com­mit­tee func­tions and will con­duct a war room with Sokhuphe and rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers be­fore Fe­bru­ary 15. They told me they meet ev­ery Mon­day to as­sess work and set weekly tar­gets. If the al­le­ga­tions against the coun­cil­lor are false it will be proven in the meet­ing.”

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