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Uncertainty over mayor’s removal

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“The DA has been calling for some time for Matika to pack his bags. We previously tabled a motion of no confidence against him.”

Matika. Picture: Danie van der Lith

BY LATE yesterday afternoon the ANC was still locked in meetings to discuss the demand from the community to remove the Sol Plaatje executive mayor, Mangaliso Matika, by today, failing which they have threatened to plunge the city into chaos once more and embark on another shutdown from next week.

A number of ANC cluster meetings were also convened yesterday.

DA chief whip at Sol Plaatje Municipality, Christopher Phiri, said that they would request the acting Speaker to convene a special council meeting on Monday as they intended to submit a motion of no confidence in the mayor.

“The DA will lobby other opposition parties to ensure that the meeting materialises and that the mayor is removed through a motion of exigency,” said Phiri.

“It is clear that Matika’s popularity has waned even in the ranks of his own ANC. This is not surprising given the state of turmoil that Matika has plunged this city into.”

Phiri believed that the precautionary suspensions of the municipal manager, Goolam Akharwaray, and the chief financial officer, Lydia Mahloko, were an attempt to divert attention from the mayor.

“The DA has been calling for some time for Matika to pack his bags. We previously tabled a motion of no confidence against him.”

The motion was dismissed on June 13 after the DA had walked out of the council meeting.

Phiri stated that service delivery had declined while corruption had increased under Matika’s watch.

“Sol Plaatje has become dysfunctional. Matika has failed dismally to address the grievances of the community members, especially those that relate specifically to allegations of misconduct by senior managers. He ignored regulations that state that he should have notified council of such allegations within seven days and in so doing he has become the master of his own downfall.

“Unrest in Kimberley has spiralled out of control and criminal elements wreaked havoc on city businesses. All this could have been avoided if Matika was responsive to the needs of the community.”