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Tempers flare against 'incompetent' councillors

By unknown | Mar 20, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Calls for the resignation of municipal councillors in Limpopo are gaining momentum.

Hardly a week after the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) in Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality called for the resignation of the speaker and ward councillor, angry residents of Mookgophong, near Belabela, are demanding the suspension of the municipal manager and mayor.

The residents accuse the mayor, Sarah Lamola, and the manager, Mokgadi Kgatla, of incompetence.

They say the two do not have the interests of the community at heart and are acting at a snails pace in delivering services to the community.

The residents claim that Lamola and Kgatla have failed to deliver electricity to the poor, running water in far-flung villages and construction of roads in villages and the townships.

Meanwhile, Samwu in Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality has called for the resignation of the speaker, David Maake, who is also ANC deputy secretary in the Mopani district, and Matome Malatji, a member of the executive council and ward 9 councillor in Nama- kgale.

The union accuses the two of blocking the recruitment processes in the municipality.

The union said it had learnt from reliable sources that the two had blocked the municipality from continuing with the recruitment process, saying it would only continue after all the directors in different departments had been appointed.

The municipality is operating without directors of community services and of technical services and a municipal manager.

The post for human resources director and chief finance officer were only filled last week.

The union claims a municipal manager was appointed in November but she has not performed any of her duties.

Municipal manager Gloria Valoyi said the claims by the union were groundless.

Valoyi said the decision to stop the recruitment processes within the municipality was made by the council and not by a few individuals.

But Valoyi confirmed that the placement processes would only continue after the new municipal manager had started her job.

But Sowetan has learnt that the new manager, Khumbuzo Nchavheni, is studying in the UK, and would be away until September.


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