Magareng municipality is expected to hold a special council meeting next week after an ANC councillor appeared in the Warrenton Magistrate’s Court this week on charges of housebreaking and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
MAGARENG municipality is expected to hold a special council meeting next week after an ANC councillor appeared in the Warrenton Magistrate’s Court this week on charges of housebreaking and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
The accused, Masego Molale, is currently out on bail and the matter has been postponed until August 17.
Community members who attended Molale,’s court appearance on Wednesday believed that the councillor should step aside.
“The accused is still a councillor in ward 2 despite being charged with a serious offence.”
Magareng municipality Speaker Bonakele Plata stated that they were informed by the SA Local Government Association (Salga) that the councillor was facing charges.
“In terms of the code of conduct, an ad hoc committee will be established to investigate the allegations. I will convene a special council meeting next week to discuss the matter. Council will need to make a resolution regarding whether the councillor should be suspended.”
ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga was not aware of the charges that were laid against the councillor and indicated that he would follow up on the matter.
Ngxanga, on Twitter on July 27, tweeted that he had been informed that an ANC councillor at Magareng Municipality was arrested and charged for “a serious offence” on July 27.
“If that is true, such matters don’t need a meeting or a discussion to remind you what to do. Nasrec resolved this in 2017. Just do the right thing.”
Ngxanga added that they had met with the Patriotic Alliance (PA), where all the coalitions were retained in the Northern Cape.
PA president Gayton McKenzie announced on July 17 that they would end all ANC coalitions that were entered into at Sol Plaatje, Hantam, Kgatalopele and Karoo Hoogland municipalities in the Northern Cape.
McKenzie said at the time that since the coalitions were formed no community member had benefited.
“None of you can show me one person who got a job or even show me any political appointments. So we must just get big salaries. People are getting work but we don’t see job opportunities being advertised.”
Ngxanga explained that they had met with the PA and had managed to “mend the broken relationship” and retain the coalitions in the Province.
“The PA did have its misgivings regarding the coalitions but we managed to resolve our differences.”