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Premier reinstates 'arrogant' Bahula

By unknown | Oct 30, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The Makhuduthamaga municipality in Limpopo has reinstated its speaker, Maena Bahula, two weeks after firing her from her position.

Bahula was reinstated after the intervention of Limpopo Premier Sello Moloto.

Approached for comment yesterday, Moloto confirmed he had intervened to ensure Bahula was reinstated.

"We had realised that getting rid of an experienced leader of Bahula's calibre would not augur well for the municipality, hence we pushed for her reinstatement," Moloto said.

He said, however, that the decision to have Bahula reinstated was taken by the ANC.

"People should not think I personally pushed Bahula's reinstatement.

"The ANC took the decision and what I did was to implement the decision," the premier said.

The embattled Bahula was dismissed from her position after allegations that she was not cooperating with her colleagues. She was accused of being arrogant .

Mayor Queen Mokhabela took an unpopular decision to reshuffle her council two weeks ago.

The long-serving speaker became a victim after she was demoted to an ordinary councillor.

The decision to reinstate her has not gone down well with the opposition Democratic Alliance.

Nomvula Modibetsane, DA leader in the Greater Sekhukhune municipality, said the decision to reinstate Bahula was wrong.

"It is not in the best interest of the public to have Bahula back as speaker. She has failed in the seven years she had been speaker and there is no way she will improve the lives of people in that area.

"Her reinstatement will take the municipality backwards," said Modibetsane, who surprisingly blamed President Thabo Mbeki.

Attempts to get comment from Mokhabela failed.


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