“The municipality will follow the necessary procedures in declaring a vacancy,”
A BY-ELECTION will be held in ward 28 in the Colville, Greenside, K&B and police flats area following the resignation of DA ward councillor Shaine Griqua this week.
The spokesperson for Sol Plaatje Municipality, Sello Matsie, yesterday confirmed receipt of Griqua’s resignation from council, which will come into immediate effect.
“The municipality will follow the necessary procedures in declaring a vacancy,” said Matsie.
Griqua did not provide any reasons for his resignation, other than to indicate that it was neither a sudden nor an impulse decision.
“I have also resigned as a DA member. I have discussed my resignation with the DA provincial leadership after serving the party since 2016,” Griqua said yesterday.
He stated that he would announce his future plans at a press conference next week.
“At this stage I will not entertain any speculation or untrue stories. I will make a final decision over the weekend.”
Griqua, however, did not rule out the possibility of continuing his political career.
“My door will always be open for the community that I continue to serve. I will remain active as a provincial religious leader, as well as championing the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and intersex community, whom I represent at the South African Development Community.
“I want to thank the masses who voted for me in the 2016 local government elections. I am grateful to my family and friends for their support, as well as my enemies for making me more mature.”
Griqua extended his gratitude to DA councillors Reinette Liebenberg and Phillip Vorster as well as former Sol Plaatje executive mayor Mangaliso Matika and the Sol Plaatje Municipality caucus, for their role in mentoring him.
ANC provincial spokesperson Naledi Gaosekwe was yesterday not aware of any talks that were held to welcome Griqua as an ANC member ahead of the national general elections in a few months’ time.
“The ANC will be contesting this ward in the upcoming by-elections,” Gaosekwe said.
DA provincial leader Andrew Louw was taken by surprise by Griqua’s resignation.
“I certainly did not see this coming. I am attending critical meetings in Johannesburg. I did receive a message regarding the resignation. However, as I am out of office and my e-mails are not going through, I have not had an opportunity to examine the reasons for Griqua’s resignation.”
Louw said that he was not aware of any underlying problems that could have motivated Griqua to leave the party.
“We have accepted his resignation. I would like to clarify and discuss with Griqua the circumstances that led up to his decision.
“If his resignation is confirmed and we have obtained all the facts, we will go about in identifying a suitable candidate to contest the ward 28 by-elections as it is a DA ward.”
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) provincial manager Elkin Topkin indicated that the municipal manager at Sol Plaatje Municipality had yet to inform the IEC of the notice of the vacancy, although he was aware of the resignation of the DA ward councillor.
He added that legislation no longer allowed for floor crossing.