Tarr challenged

2010-05-08 00:00

THE Congress of the People (Cope) yesterday called for an immediate investigation of newly elected Msunduzi Municipality Mayor Mike Tarr, objecting to his inclusion on the voters’ roll for the Msunduzi area before he was appointed as mayor.

“We have today [yesterday] served upon the Independent Electoral Commission [IEC] and Mr Tarr an objection to his inclusion on the voters’ roll for the Msunduzi Municipal area.

“It is our firm belief that Mr Tarr is not a resident of Msunduzi, but rather of Hilton — and thus of the uMngeni municipal area,” said member of the provincial legislature Deidre Carter.

Historically, said Carter, Tarr and his wife have been reflected on the voters roll for the uMngeni municipality. “During mid-March this year, just prior to his deployment by the ANC to the position of mayor, Mr Tarr made an application to the IEC to be reflected as a resident of Msunduzi Municipality and hence to be included on the Msunduzi segment of the voters’ roll.

“This move by Mr Tarr facilitated his appointment to the office of mayor of the Msunduzi Municipality,” said Carter.

While Tarr is now reflected as being ordinarily resident within the Msunduzi area, his wife Sue is still reflected on the voters’ roll as residing at their home in Hilton in the uMngeni area.

“The unfortunate truth is that Mr Tarr appears to have fraudulently claimed that he is ordinarily resident within the Msunduzi Municipal area and thus eligible for election to the Msunduzi Municipal Council.

“Given Mr Tarr’s public standing and his good credentials, we call upon him to publicly declare to the community of Msunduzi at which address he declared that he is ordinarily resident within the Msunduzi municipal area, and to do the honourable thing and resign immediately if this declaration is fallacious,” she said.

“While Tarr’s election as mayor has been well received, his appointment and matters related to it smack of typical ANC tactics and practice, most of which have brought our country as a whole, and municipal government in particular, to the precarious position that it finds itself in.

“Out of principle and for the sake of our Constitution and the rule of law and the future of our country, Cope is compelled to place this matter in the public domain, to challenge Mr Tarr.

“We appeal to his morality and ethical judgment to immediately tender his resignation as mayor and as a councillor of the Msunduzi Municipality,” she said.

Carter said Cope reiterates its standpoint that mayors of municipalities should be directly elected to office by the electorate of the municipal area concerned.

Tarr said he is not interested in debating the matter with Cope, citing that Cope should go and study the country’s laws. He added that he has an address in Pietermaritzburg under his name.

Provincial IEC head Mawethu Mosery said that Cope should lodge its objection with the municipality and with Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube, as the issue is not a matter for the IEC.

Dube’s spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the MEC had not received any objections from Cope, adding that the ANC would be better suited to comment on the matter.

Attempts to obtain comment from ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala were unsuccessful at the time of going to print.

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