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EFF in court bid to block acting NC municipal manager

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The director of corporate services at Frances Baard District Municipality has been seconded as the acting municipal manager of Phokwane Municipality, which was placed under administration in May 2020.

THE EFF in the Northern Cape has applied for an urgent interim interdict to prevent the Phokwane acting municipal manager from performing her duties and will motivate that she should immediately vacate her office.

The party also wants the appointment, which was supposed to only come to an end in December, to be declared null and void.

The matter is expected to be heard in the Northern Cape High Court today.

Phokwane Municipality was placed under administration in May 2020.

The director of corporate services at Frances Baard District Municipality, Kealeboga Gaborone, was seconded as the acting municipal manager of Phokwane Municipality with effect from April 1.

A new council will be elected after the local government elections.

The costs of the secondment, including salary and transport and accommodation expenses, will be funded by the Frances Baard District Municipality.

The Northern Cape Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) previously explained that the appointment of the acting municipal manager was necessary as Phokwane Municipality had been left without an accounting officer after the contract of the administrator at the municipality came to an end on March 31.

Gaborone will be tasked with overseeing the appointment of the municipal manager and the filling of other vacant critical senior management posts.