B­re­dell shows

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The w­heels are in mo­ti­on to pla­ce Ge­or­ge un­der ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on. An­ton B­re­dell, mi­nis­ter of lo­cal go­vern­ment, star­ted the pro­cess last week. Acting on his be­half whi­le B­re­dell vi­sits Ger­ma­ny, Mi­nis­ter of Trans­port Do­nald Grant told the Ge­or­ge He­rald on Mon­day that his col­le­a­gue has "ap­p­lied his mind" and star­ted with the pro­cess to pla­ce three mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties un­der ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on - Ge­or­ge, Bi­tou and Laings­burg.

"Yes, he is going to. He

(B­re­dell) in­sti­ga­ted the pro­cess for all three mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties," said Grant. Ge­or­ge Municipality will be gi­ven the op­por­tu­ni­ty to gi­ve re­a­sons why t­hey shouldn't be pla­ced un­der ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on.

In re­ply to a que­s­ti­on by

ANC MP Pier­re Uys last week in the Pro­vin­ci­al Le­gis­la­tu­re, B­re­dell said he has star­ted im­ple­menting Ar­ti­cle 106 of the Municipal Sy­s­tems Act, fol­lo­wing the Ha­wks' raid at Ge­or­ge Municipality on 23 A­pril. A mem­ber of the Exe­cu­ti­ve Coun­cil (MEC) may ap­ply this act if the­re is re­a­son to be­lie­ve that a municipality can­not or does not ful­fil a sta­tu­to­ry o­bli­ga­ti­on bin­ding on that municipality, or in the ca­se of fraud, cor­rup­ti­on, mal ad­min i st ra­tio no ra n y ot­her se­ri­ous mal­practi­ce.

In ac­cor­dan­ce with the act B­re­dell must, by writ­ten notice to the municipality, re­quest the coun­cil or municipal ma­na­ger to pro­vi­de in­for­ma­ti­on re­qui­red in the notice. This step pre­ce­des the pro­ce­du­re to pla­ce a municipality un­der ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on.

B­re­dell said his de­part­ment re­que­sted the Pro­vin­ci­al

Fo­ren­sic Ser­vi­ces (PFS) to in­ves­ti­ga­te al­le­ga­ti­ons of, a­mong ot­hers, cor­rup­ti­on and mal ad­min i st ra­tio n ." O n the ba­sis of the pri­ma fa­cie e­vi­den­ce, the Ha­wks car­ried ou­ta se­arch and sei­zu­re o­pe­ra­ti­on at the municipality and at the ma­yor's, municipal ma­na­ger's and cer­tain ser­vi­ce pro­vi­ders' ho­mes. In ad­di­ti­on to the coope­ra­ti­on be­t­ween the Ha­wks, the PFS and the De­part­ment of Lo­cal Go­vern­ment, I am im­ple­menting Ar­ti­cle 106 of the Municipal Sy­s­tems Act."

Who may sus­pend who?

The DA Fe­de­ral Exe­cu­ti­ve Com­mit­tee (Fe­dex) has star­ted pro­ce­du­res to sus­pend the Ge­or­ge ma­yor, Mel­vin Naik. Ac­cor­ding to Fe­dex chairperson Ja­mes Sel­fe, the DA par­ty is de­a­ling with the is­sue of Naik's sus­pen­si­on, but t­hey can­not sus­pend the municipal ma­na­ger, T­re­vor Bo­tha.

On the ot­her hand, Coun­cil has the aut­ho­ri­ty to sus­pend Bo­tha, but can­not sus­pend

Naik. "Coun­cil could in­vo­ke the Re­gu­la­ti­ons for Se­ni­or Ma­na­gers (2010) if it con­si­ders that the­re are suf­fi­cient grounds to sus­pend the municipal ma­na­ger. The Ge­or­ge coun­cil can­not sus­pend a ma­yor," said Sel­fe.

An­ton B­re­dell, mi­nis­ter of lo­cal go­vern­ment.

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