Instability continues at the troubled Phokwane municipality within the Northern Cape and has adversely affected service delivery. Problems throughout the municipality have been approaching since 2018.
In a latest transfer, the African National Congress’s Frances Baard Region expelled the mayor – saying he’s working with the opposition.
The countless chaos on this council has seen residents going weeks with out water, with refuse uncollected and sewage flowing on the streets.
Two months after the native authorities elections, the municipality is hit by one other courtroom battle and expulsion of the brand new mayor.
Mayor, Olebogeng Tumodi has been expelled by the ANC for misconduct. The occasion accuses him of failing to attend a caucus meeting throughout an inaugural council meeting. It additional says he acted in collaboration with different political events on council issues. However, regardless of the occasion expulsion, the mayor stays in office.
“The mayor is still in office and we will appeal. For me it’s about the needs of community members,” says Michael Setlhogomi, Phokwane Service Delivery Forum.
Meanwhile, in December – three days earlier than Tumodi’s appointment as mayor, chaos erupted in chambers. However, with all these troubles it’s residents who’re at the receiving finish – leaving some annoyed.
“There should not be political interference, but the council needs to do things on their own,” says Pampierstad resident, Itumeleng Mokwa.
Pampierstad resident Lydia Sebipidi says, “There is no service delivery in our area.”
“These issues are affecting us badly. You can see how these roads look like. Political parties should stay out of government matters,” says one other resident Tidimalo Maruping.
In an announcement, the ANC’s Frances Baard area says they discovered Tumodi responsible when it comes to rule 25.21.7 of the ANC structure. It says he has 21-days to enchantment the result to the provincial disciplinary structure.
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