WE STILL LOVE ANC ... ex­pelled 9

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THE NINE ex­pelled ANC coun­cil­lors, who lost a court bat­tle to be re­in­stated at Sol Plaatje Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, have in­di­cated that they will not be con­test­ing the up­com­ing by-elec­tions as in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lors.

Va­can­cies were de­clared to re­place the coun­cil­lors and the by-elec­tions in their re­spec­tive wards are sched­uled to be held in Fe­bru­ary next year

“While it is a bit­ter pill to swal­low, we re­spect the out­come. How­ever, we have not ex­hausted all av­enues. We still love the ANC, but whether we will do the work of the ANC is still de­bat­able,” the ex­pelled mem­bers stated.

The ANC Re­gional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (REC) has mean­while wel­comed the dis­missal of the court ap­pli­ca­tion to over­turn the ex­pul­sion of the nine coun­cil­lors.

REC re­gional sec­re­tary Web­ster Dich­aba be­lieves that the nine coun­cil­lors were try­ing to de­stroy the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“The court ap­pli­ca­tion was noth­ing but an­other con­certed ef­fort by ill-dis­ci­plined coun­cil­lors who would stoop so low to sub­vert the ANC from within. The dis­missal of their ap­pli­ca­tion is thus a pos­i­tive re­jec­tion of their dan­ger­ous at­tempt to try and cast as­per­sions on the in­ter­nal democ­racy of the ANC,” said Dich­aba.

“The de­ci­sion to ex­pel coun­cil­lors was very tough, as we wanted to unite the ANC in the re­gion. It was a good de­ci­sion for the or­gan­i­sa­tion as these in­di­vid­u­als were a law unto them­selves. ANC mem­bers must be guided by the ANC con­sti­tu­tion and code of con­duct. We once again urge our de­ploy­ees in dif­fer­ent spheres of gov­ern­ment to be­have in a dig­ni­fied man­ner. Their pri­mary task is to change the lives of the peo­ple of Sol Plaatje and not to en­gage in po­lit­i­cal bat­tles.”

Dich­aba ac­knowl­edged the need to re­store sta­bil­ity in the re­gion and at mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

“We are com­mit­ted to putting our peo­ple first and mak­ing sure that ser­vices are ren­dered to ev­ery house­hold in this re­gion.”

Dich­aba also con­grat­u­lated the newly-elected Sol Plaatje ex­ec­u­tive mayor, Patrick Mabilo.

“He has a vir­tu­ous track record and we know as the ANC in the re­gion that he is ded­i­cated and will al­ways be guided by the poli­cies of the ANC to change the lives of our peo­ple in Sol Plaatje Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. His first task will be to unite the cau­cus and ad­dress is­sues faced by the com­mu­nity of Sol Plaatje and de­liver ser­vices.”

DA coun­cil­lor Reinette Lieben­berg ex­plained that the op­po­si­tion party had walked out of Wed­nes­day’s coun­cil meet­ing as pro­cesses were be­ing “ma­nip­u­lated” by the ANC.

“It came as lit­tle sur­prise that the agenda point on the Sec­tion 106 re­port into mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion was once again brushed aside. The DA re­spects a court in­ter­dict re­lat­ing to re­strict­ing coun­cil from act­ing on rec­om­men­da­tions that must be im­ple­mented against the chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer. In the in­ter­est of ac­count­abil­ity and con­se­quence man­age­ment, how­ever, we could at least have started to dis­cuss how to move for­ward and put pro­cesses in place to ad­dress ac­count­abil­ity and cor­rup­tion,” said Lieben­berg.

She added that the DA was also op­posed to the swear­ing in of the new mayor as it was not itemised on the agenda. “This is de­spite the ANC hav­ing known full well that it was go­ing to go ahead with the swear­ing in, pend­ing its suc­cess­ful ex­pul­sion of the nine ANC coun­cil­lors who pre­vi­ously voted in favour of oust­ing for­mer mayor Man­gal­iso Matika.”

Lieben­berg stated that Mabilo had a “shady track record”.

“He is clearly not some­one that Kim­ber­ley res­i­dents can be proud of to call their mayor.”

Mabilo, who served as the ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of com­mu­nity and so­cial de­vel­op­ment at the time, was dis­missed from coun­cil in De­cem­ber 2007 af­ter he was found guilty of mis­con­duct.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched into charges of mis­con­duct re­lat­ing to poor man­age­ment of the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal plea­sure re­sorts, con­flict with man­agers un­der his su­per­vi­sion, the em­ploy­ment of re­la­tions in tem­po­rary po­si­tions and not fol­low­ing sup­ply chain man­age­ment pro­cesses.

Due to the long pe­riod of time that has passed, jus­tice au­thor­i­ties were yes­ter­day un­able to con­firm whether the Hawks in­ves­ti­ga­tion against Mabilo, dat­ing back to 2014, into al­leged credit card fraud amount­ing to around R200 000, had been fi­nalised.

At the time, Mabilo was serv­ing as MEC for the De­part­ment of Trans­port, Safety and Li­ai­son.

Mabilo was cleared of an­i­mal abuse and ne­glect charges in De­cem­ber 2014.

His dogs were con­fis­cated in 2011 by the SPCA af­ter they were found to be se­verely mal­nour­ished and in­fested with ticks and par­a­sites.

At the time of his ac­quit­tal Mabilo had in­di­cated that he had en­trusted the wel­fare of the dogs to two of his em­ploy­ees.

Patrick Mabilo

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