Hung coun­cil proves a dud

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Mpumelelo Ru­lu­mente

THE Mo­gale City Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which is led by the DA coali­tion with other op­po­si­tion par­ties, is set to have a third mayor in less than a year. The first mayor Lynn Pan­nall won the may­oral po­si­tion by one vote.

How­ever, she re­signed in De­cem­ber due to ill­ness. On De­cem­ber 7, she was re­placed by another DA mayor Michael Holen­stein.

In­ter­est­ingly, Holen­stein was re­cently re­moved through a vote of no-confidence. The ANC al­leged that he flouted the Mu­nic­i­pal Man­age­ment Act. A new mayor will be elected to­day.

How­ever I doubt that the new mayor will last long, as a coali­tion in a hung mu­nic­i­pal­ity is tricky and not vi­able due to the po­lit­i­cal par­ties’ ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences.

Fur­ther­more hav­ing a Speaker and the whip from the ANC, while the mayor is from the DA-led coali­tion, is a recipe for dis­as­ter.

What com­pounds the sit­u­a­tion fur­ther is that the ANC has 38 seats, and the op­po­si­tion par­ties 39 com­bined. There will al­ways be an apos­tate caus­ing the mal­func­tion­ing of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The ap­par­ent in­de­ci­sive­ness of the DA and lack of rev­o­lu­tion­ary dis­ci­pline has cost the the vot­ing block tremen­dously. Also there are ru­mours that the ANC is us­ing un­der­hand tac­tics such as bribery.

The EFF, IFP and FF+ have ac­counted for their votes dur­ing the vote of no-confidence mo­tion.

They ve­he­mently have voted against the mo­tion. But the same can­not be said about the DA be­cause their votes do not tally with the num­ber of their coun­cil­lors.

Since the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in Au­gust, the coun­cil has failed to carry out its duty.

For in­stance, it is yet to adopt the IDP and bud­get vote. As a re­sult, there is a grow­ing call to place the mu­nic­i­pal­ity un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion. Vot­ers should be given a chance to vote again.

It is clear from above that a hung mu­nic­i­pal­ity is not vi­able and causes dis­tress to the cit­i­zens.

They ve­he­mently voted against the mo­tion

Mo­gale City

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