“Council has not been presented with the reasons that she was supposed to provide to motivate why she should not be suspended”
THE ANC in the Northern Cape said yesterday that is has instructed the new Sol Plaatje acting municipal manager, Nomonde Tyabashe Kesiamang, to deal with the Section 106 investigation report.
Kesiamang was appointed with effect from June 25 following a chaotic council meeting that took place on the same day, where the meeting was closed off to the public and media and a journalist was assaulted by a security guard.
A circular dated June 26 was signed by the executive mayor, Patrick Mabilo, although councillors only received the advisory on Monday regarding Kesiamang’s appointment.
The other acting municipal manager, Ruth Sebolecwe, has been on extended leave, where the acting municipal manager position has had to be rotated every three months.
EFF councillor Francis Thulo said yesterday that he found it unsuitable that Kesiamang be appointed as an acting municipal manager while she still has to provide answers to council regarding the R110 million Galeshewe stormwater project.
“Council has not been presented with the reasons that she was supposed to provide to motivate why she should not be suspended,” said Thulo.
He claimed that her nomination to stand as acting municipal manager was not approved by council. “Therefore, we consider her appointment to be null and void.
“The meeting was plunged into chaos to prevent the discussion of the Section 106 investigation report. The interdict only prohibits council from discussing matters pertaining to the suspended chief financial officer. It is almost a year since the report was released. The premier, Dr Zamani Saul, must not only keep talking about good governance, he must take the necessary steps to ensure that the report is tabled.”
Thulo said that the municipality should be placed under administration. “It has been rendered dysfunctional due to internal factions. There is no governance, no municipal manager or chief financial officer and nobody wants to take any decisions.”
ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga indicated that the ANC was consulted over the appointment of Kesiamang as the acting municipal manager.
“She has been given instructions to implement the letter and spirit of the Section 106 report,” said Ngxanga.
He added that she was expected to deal with all human resource issues, including the absence of Sebolecwe.
“The constitution of the ANC will be implemented against ANC councillors that disrupt council activities,” Ngxanga warned.
Spokesperson for Sol Plaatje Municipality Sello Matsie stated that Kesiamang was appointed by way of a council resolution, where a majority of 34 councillors voted for her to be the acting municipal manager while 23 nominated against the appointment.
Matsie indicated that Sebolecwe was booked off on sick leave.