Thursday, 13 December 2018

Statement on the Court Outcome of the 9 Sol Plaatje Councillors

The African National Congress in the Northern Cape notes the outcome of the Kimberley High Court today in the matter of the application of the expelled councillors to challenge the decision of the Regional Disciplinary Committee.

We are saddened that this matter had come to a situation where we were left with no option but to follow through with disciplinary action in accordance with the ANC Constitution. This follows numerous attempts by the leadership of the ANC in the Province and NEC Deployees to find an amicable stand-off to the impasse at the Sol-Plaatje Municipality. We were forced to defend the integrity and unity of the ANC Caucus that had been divided by personal interest.

The outcome of the Court has vindicated the African National Congress in terms of the understanding and application of the Constitution, in particular Rule 25.

The ANC had always engaged with community representatives in an attempt to deal with the grievance of the community relating to the R260 electricity tariff fee, the electricity unit cost in the municipality, the demand for the suspension of the Municipal Manager and Chief Financial Officer and also the removal of Cde Mangaliso Matika as Executive Mayor.

We had, in all of our engagements, always sought to advance and address the demands of the community and can never be accused of having neglected our responsibility to the electorate of Sol-Plaatje Municipality.

We wish to forge ahead with a number of the proposals that we are going to make to our Caucus which should be presented to Council that:

1. There should be a moratorium on the blocking and disconnection of electricity for registered indigents in the Municipality

2. Those that can afford to pay must pay for their services from the municipality

3. The municipality must go on a drive to register new indigents for those that are not yet registered

4. To deal with infrastructure challenges in the Sol Plaatje Municipality with particular reference to the roads infrastructure, sewerage spillages and the recurrent water outages at night.

It is our fervent hope that this will allow all of us to give space to the Sol-Plaatje Municipality to return to normality and stability in order to give services to the people. The degeneration of the infrastructure in the municipality is a matter that the Municipality must prioritise, especially in places like Galeshewe, Roodepan, Greenpoint and all other areas which were highly affected by this uncertainty. Our preparations for the By-Elections have started in earnest and we will soon be convening community meetings to choose candidates who will display high levels of selflessness, dedication to the people and commitment to the African National Congress, as a tool to create a better life for all.

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Cde Patrick Mabilo on his election as Executive Mayor of the Municipality following today’s Special Council Meeting wherein the matter of the Election of the Executive Mayor was placed on the agenda and voted for. We sincerely hope that his immediate tasks would be to ensure that we vastly improve service delivery and put the people of our Municipality first.

 

Issued by the African National Congress-Northern Cape

Deshi Ngxanga 

Provincial Secretary

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