The DA was calling for the entire council to be dissolved and wanted a new acting mayor elected
THE ANC has accused the DA of feigning concern for the community and said the party was instead trying to “grab power” by assisting the Sol Plaatje councillors who have come under fire for booting executive mayor Mangaliso Matika out of council.
The DA funded the legal costs of the court application to remove Matika from office.
ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga said that the DA was trying to portray itself as the hero when in fact it was “using illegal means to electioneer”.
He explained that the DA was calling for the entire council to be dissolved and wanted a new acting mayor elected.
“The attempts by the DA to negotiate with the lawyers of the municipality to ensure that both the current acting mayor and the acting Speaker, as well as mayor Matika, step down, as well as the election of an acting mayor, is disingenuous. The attempt to take over the municipality will not succeed.
“While we remain committed to dealing with the current impasse in our community, the DA continues to take advantage of the poorest of the poor in our communities. The current situation in the Sol Plaatje Municipality has negatively affected the economy of this city and the Province.”
Ngxanga remained concerned that since the start of the third term, pupils had been unable to attend classes.
“We are in constant engagement with the Department of Education to ensure that once the situation in the Sol Plaatje Municipality reaches normality there is a recovery plan that should unfold, in particular for the class of 2018 who are negatively affected by these protests.
“We once again profusely apologise to the community of Sol Plaatje for the inconvenience that has been suffered by society, and condemn in the strongest terms the partial burning of the Galeshewe Library and the closure of our roads.”