Appointments questioned

Piet Liebenberg
THE ANC controlled Kouga Local Municipality (KM) has been accused by the DA of openly flouting municipal regulations in the appointment of five top managers.
According to the DA the municipality has scant regard for conditions set by the MEC for Government and Traditional Affairs, Mlibo Qoboshiyane.
In an open letter to the municipal manager Sydney Fadi, the DA’s caucus leader, Chimpie Cawood says municipal law requires directors can only be appointed by the full municipal council and not by the mayoral committee.
It appears that this has not been done.
The letter repeats the DA’s plea to Qoboshiyane to intervene in the appointments of five directors by the KM on June 19, and a warning that they will apply for a court interdict to declare the process null and void.
According to the DA the mayoral committee decided on June 11 to appoint directors: Director Infrastructure and Planning – V Felton; Chief Financial Officer – C Burger; Director LED, Creative Industries & Tourism – C Arendse; Director Social Services – J Jansen; Director Administration, Monitoring & Evaluation – T Tom.
In response to a request by Our Times for more information, including experience, full names and qualifications of the candidates supposedly approved by the mayoral committee, KM communications officer Mfundo Sobele said: “Council is still to receive a report regarding appointments of directors from the panel. Successful candidates will be announced and the requested information may only then be made available.”
DA Constituency Leader Elza Van Lingen said letters of appointment had already been “unlawfully” signed by executive mayor Booi Koerat.

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