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Youth league backs new acting mayor

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“It is our view that it is time that the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) intervenes and bring this matter to rest once and for all.”

THE ANC Youth League regional working committee (ANCYL RWC) has come out in support of the new acting mayor, Pula Thabane, and new acting Speaker, Boitumelo Stout, at Sol Plaatje Municipality and believes that they can soothe the anger of the community.

ANCYL RWC spokesperson Seki Seleke stated that the ANC in the Province had “failed dismally, without exception,” to address the community’s concerns and to provide leadership.

“It is our view that it is time that the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) intervenes and bring this matter to rest once and for all.”

He pointed out that the absence of the regional ANC leadership in the lead up to and during the recent violent protests in the city was “quite alarming” and amounted to “serious incompetence”.

“(Mangaliso) Matika is not and can never be treated as a precious metal above every member of the ANC. The leadership of the ANC did not take time and reflect on what has actually led to the current status at the municipality and in the region but are quick to call for an urgent interdict on the outcome of council,” said Seleke yesterday.

“We call on the ANC to never walk in isolation of the ordinary members of society, voters and supporters of the ANC, as it is the same people that continue to show their unwavering support and keep us in power.”

Seleke added that the ANC leadership should have been at the centre of all proceedings and engagements to provide direction to the community from the start.

He also condemned the actions of ANC councillors who had supported the motion to remove “one of their own”, Sol Plaatje executive mayor Mangaliso Matika.

“It is unfortunate that society views these councillors as heroes who acted in the best interests of the community in addressing their grievances. At no point should deployees of the ANC disregard how the organisation operates.”

Seleke believes that the task team appointed by the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) would not have sufficient time to complete its investigation into the affairs of Sol Plaatje Municipality and the allegations against Matika.

“We would like them to investigate the removal of the former Speaker, Santa Johnson. The inconsistency in addressing issues confronting the organisation is very biased. The ousted executive mayor has been reporting for duty and acting as normal as if nothing has happened, whilst the investigation on allegations levelled against him dates from 2016.”

– Sandi Kwon Hoo