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.”