Mashatile in­ter­venes in Mo­gale City dis­pute

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ANC speaker and chief whip re­in­stated

MO­GALE City’s ANC speaker and chief whip have been re­in­stated.

This fol­lows a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing called by DA mayor Michael Holen­stein about 10 days ago to pro­pose a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in both the speaker and chief whip.

How­ever, af­ter the speaker, Patrick Lipudi, re­fused to con­vene the meet­ing, Holen­stein called a meet­ing in which they were re­placed with DA mem­bers.

The ANC re­fused to ac­cept this and called for as­sis­tance from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

On Thurs­day, Gaut­eng Co-op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance MEC Paul Mashatile, ac­com­pa­nied by the head of the depart­ment Nh­laka­nipho Nkont­wana and a depart­men­tal del­e­ga­tion, met all par­ties rep­re­sented in the Mo­gale City coun­cil.

Also at­tend­ing the meet­ing, to dis­cuss the de­vel­op­ments, were the mayor, the speaker, the chief whip, as well as may­oral com­mit­tee mem­bers.

Nkont­wana said all the par­ties were given the op­por­tu­nity to present their case as a way of es­tab­lish­ing the mer­its of the de­vel­op­ments.

“The meet­ing agreed that the Struc­tures Act and the coun­cil rules will dic­tate how the coun­cil runs its busi­ness,” he said.

In this re­gard, the out­come of the un­law­ful meet­ing held on Jan­uary 13 was set aside.

The meet­ing also agreed to use proper and law­ful chan­nels to ap­point a per­son in the va­cant po­si­tion of the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager, Nkont­wana added.

The meet­ing agreed that the po­si­tion should be filled as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

“In ad­di­tion, the meet­ing also agreed to utilise a mul­ti­party rules com­mit­tee that will re­view the rules and or­ders and present their re­port to the full sit­ting in the coun­cil,” he said

But the Mo­gale DA po­lit­i­cal head Alan Fuchs said there was no gen­eral ac­cep­tance by the par­ties in­volved in the meet­ing with Mashatile that the meet­ing was il­le­gal.

But in the in­ter­ests of mov­ing for­ward, an agree­ment was reached that the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in the speaker and chief whip would be re­taken on Fe­bru­ary 10.

In terms of the rules of coun­cil, meet­ings have to be con­vened by the speaker.

CALLED MEET­ING: Mo­gale City mayor Michael Holen­stein

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