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Speaker instructed to call Sol meeting

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Mabilo has been sworn in as a councillor and is the preferred choice of the ANC to be appointed as the new mayor.

MEC for Coghsta Bentley Vass

THE MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Bentley Vass, has instructed the acting Speaker at Sol Plaatje Municipality, Ben Springbok, to urgently convene a special council meeting next week.

The items that will be placed on the agenda for October 16 include the extension of the contracts of the acting municipal manager and the acting chief financial officer as well as the implications of the lack of political oversight.

No mention has been made regarding the release of the Section 106 investigation at Sol Plaatje Municipality that was scheduled to be presented to council on October 3.

The community on Sunday demanded that Vass should convene a community meeting to announce the outcome of the investigation into allegations of fraud, corruption, maladministration and malpractice at Sol Plaatje Municipality, by the end of this week.

The chairperson of community crime-fighting group Wanya Tsotsi, Pantsi Obusitse, said yesterday that a meeting had been arranged with Vass for Friday.

“The MEC must hand over the Section 106 report to us or make the document available to the public on Friday. We will not be considering any extensions because people are becoming agitated,” said Obusitse.

He added that they wanted to consolidate the problems experienced at Dikgatlong Municipality and Sol Plaatje Municipality as there were similar challenges that needed to be resolved.

Meanwhile, the swearing in ceremony of former Sol Plaatje executive mayor Mangaliso Matika as a member of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature was postponed yesterday.

Matika is set to replace Patrick Mabilo in the legislature. Mabilo has been sworn in as a councillor and is the preferred choice of the ANC to be appointed as the new mayor.

No reasons were provided for the postponement, “until further notice”, of Matika’s swearing in ceremony.