The DA said it is ’vehemently opposed’ to the ’irregular appointment’ of Sol Plaatje Municipality chief financial officer Lydia Tekisho as the acting municipal manager.
THE DA said it is “vehemently opposed” to the “irregular appointment” of Sol Plaatje Municipality chief financial officer (CFO) Lydia Tekisho as the acting municipal manager..
Tekisho was appointed during a special council meeting on Monday..
DA councillor Heinrich Pieterse said that the appointment was in contradiction to the recommendations of the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta), Bentley Vass, who advised Northern Cape municipalities against appointing CFOs as acting municipal managers..
Vass had stated that this was to avoid any conflict of interests as acting municipal managers had to advise accounting officers on how to exercise their powers and assigned duties.
Pieterse pointed out that, during the council meeting, Tekisho had recommended a deviation in the appointment process, only to be appointed into the position of acting municipal manager.
“Over the past couple of years, much controversy and chaos already ensued at Sol Plaatje Municipality that was detailed in the Section 106 investigation report, where Tekisho was implicated and suspended for two years,” said Pieterse.
“The DA voted against Tekisho’s appointment as the acting municipal manager as it is contrary to the Kings code of good governance recommendations for public institutions.”
He added that the DA was the only party to object to the appointment, while other opposition parties either supported it, were absent or abstained from voting.
“The DA will ask Coghsta to investigate whether the appointment is in accordance with regulations and good practice.”