Pound stays closed in pay­ment row

The Herald (South Africa) - - News - Siyam­tanda Capa ca­[email protected]­soblack­star.co.za

Nel­son Man­dela Bay mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s only an­i­mal pound will re­main closed af­ter the DA’s mo­tion to have the city pay all money owed to the SPCA was shot down by coun­cil­lors.

The mo­tion by DA coun­cil­lor Le­an­der Kruger was dis­missed on Tues­day af­ter ANC, EFF and Pa­tri­otic Al­liance coun­cil­lors voted for it not to be de­bated.

The SPCA is owed about R161,000 by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The Her­ald re­ported in Oc­to­ber that the pound was fac­ing clo­sure, putting more than 160 an­i­mals’ fate in limbo.

The con­tract be­tween the SPCA and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity lapsed in 2015 and, as an in­terim mea­sure, the city had a month-to-month con­tract with the SPCA , which ended in June.

This forced SPCA dis­trict chair Deirdre Swift to close the stray an­i­mals pound while she strug­gles to pay wages to 14 staff.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity later claimed the SPCA had not ad­hered to the amended ser­vice provider pol­icy as it was not tax-reg­is­tered.

In his mo­tion, Kruger wrote that the coali­tion govern­ment’s fail­ure to re­solve the mat­ter showed how un­car­ing it is.

“A range of op­tions was avail­able to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to en­sure there were mea­sures in place be­fore the con­tract and ser­vice agree­ment lapsed.

“What is lack­ing is the po­lit­i­cal will to solve this. Mayor [Mongameli] Bobani and his of­fi­cials sim­ply do not care,” Kruger wrote.

He moved that the money be paid within two weeks and that a new con­tract and ser­vice level agree­ment for the mu­nic­i­pal pound be con­cluded within a month.

He asked that should the city not be able to draw up a new con­tract, the city man­ager sign a de­vi­a­tion to pro­vide a tem­po­rary mu­nic­i­pal pound.

The mo­tion did not see the light of day as it was sub­mit­ted in terms of rule 25 of the coun­cil rules of or­der, mean­ing coun­cil­lors would have to vote on whether it must be de­bated.

Kruger will now ta­ble the mo­tion at the next coun­cil meet­ing on Jan­uary 25, he said.

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