I won’t be si­len­ced - ACDP coun­cil­lor

Mossel Bay Advertiser - - News -

The ACDP re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ve in the Mos­sel Bay mu­ni­ci­pal coun­cil, coun­cil­lor Je­a­net­te Gouws said in a press re­le­a­se she had a­gain been thre­a­tened with le­gal acti­on in the cour­se of her work.

Gouws said all coun­cil­lors had a du­ty to in­ves­ti­ga­te com­plaints re­cei­ved from re­si­dents as they are re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves of and acting on be­half of the pu­blic in coun­cil.

"The ro­le of a coun­cil­lor is to exe­r­ci­se o­ver­sig­ht of a mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty's af­fairs," Gouws said. "Af­ter re­cei­ving a com­plaint from a re­si­dent in K­lein Brak Ri­ver and re­que­s­ting in­for­ma­ti­on from the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty a­bout pos­si­ble il­le­gal buil­ding acti­vi­ty, I re­cei­ved a call from the spe­ci­fic ho­me­o­w­ner thre­a­tening me with le­gal acti­on for so­cal­led in­ter­fe­ren­ce." On a pre­vi­ous oc­ca­si­on, Gouws was thre­a­tened by an ex-DA pu­blic of­fi­ce be­a­rer af­ter as­king for a cor­recti­on to the An­nu­al S­ta­te­ments of the 2016/17 fi­nan­ci­al y­e­ar which Gouws said ma­de claims t­hat we­re fal­se and mis­le­a­ding.

Gouws would li­ke to high­lig­ht t­hat it is a cri­mi­nal of­fen­ce to at­tempt to in­ti­mi­da­te a­not­her per­son and t­hat char­ges can be laid in ac­cor­dan­ce with the In­ti­mi­da­ti­on Act 72 of 1982 and The Pro­tecti­on from Ha­ras­sment Act 17 of 2011.

"S­che­du­le 1 of the Mu­ni­ci­pal Sys­tems Act 32 of 2000 sta­tes t­hat coun­cil­lors are e­lected to re­pre­sent lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties on mu­ni­ci­pal coun­cils and to en­s­u­re t­hat mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties ha­ve struc­tu­red me­cha­nis­ms of ac­coun­ta­bi­li­ty to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

"In ful­fil­ling t­his ro­le coun­cil­lors must be ac­coun­ta­ble to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and no dis­tincti­on is ma­de be­t­ween ward or pro­por­ti­o­nal re­pre­sen­ta­ti­on (PR) coun­cil­lors," Gouws sta­ted in the press re­le­a­se.

Ru­le of Law

"Furt­her­mo­re, the Ru­le of Law prin­ci­ple is t­hat no­bo­dy is a­bo­ve the law. "A­not­her im­por­tant ap­pli­ca­ti­on of the ru­le of law is the prin­ci­ple t­hat go­vern­men­tal aut­ho­ri­ty is le­gi­ti­ma­te­ly exe­r­ci­sed on­ly in ac­cor­dan­ce with writ­ten, pu­bli­cly dis­clo­sed laws or by laws which are a­dop­ted and en­for­ced in ac­cor­dan­ce with es­ta­blis­hed pro­ce­du­ral steps. T­his is kno­wn as 'due pro­cess', and en­su­res t­hat all con­duct and de­ci­si­ons must be ma­de within the le­gal fra­me­work.

"The ru­le of law me­ans t­hat e­ver­yo­ne must be sub­ject to a shared set of ru­les t­hat are ap­p­lied u­ni­ver­sal­ly and which tre­ats all pe­op­le fai­r­ly and e­qual­ly," Gouws sta­ted.

In at­temp­ting to a­chie­ve t­he­se aims Gouws said she will not be in­ti­mi­da­ted or pre­ven­ted from exe­r­ci­sing o­ver­sig­ht or from fai­r­ly and e­quit­a­bly at­ten­ding to com­plaints, que­ries, re­que­sts for as­sis­tan­ce or con­cerns from the pu­blic. She is com­mit­ted to fair­ness, ho­nesty and trans­pa­ren­cy in all her de­a­lings and is com­mit­ted to ser­ving the pu­blic and Mos­sel Bay Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty in ac­cor­dan­ce with the re­le­vant acts and the man­da­te re­cei­ved from the e­lec­to­ra­te of Mos­sel Bay.

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