KZN DA councillor fired for poor performance, party says

2015-06-12 13:00
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Durban - The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal has fired a councillor for poor performance, the party said on Friday.

DA provincial chairperson Haniff Hoosen said the party terminated the membership of Ixopo councillor Derek Ram after months of complaints against him for poor performance. 

“There were several attempts to rehabilitate councillor Ram, the DA Disciplinary Committee came to the conclusion that he was not delivering on his responsibilities as an elected public representative,” said Hoosen.

He said apart from his duties as a political representative, Ram was elected as a PR councillor and was required to submit regular reports on his activities to assist the community and respond to their queries.

“There were reports outstanding for up to 12 to 13 months, he failed to participate in party activities and meetings. He was just an outright difficult person to deal with.

“He failed to comply with party requirements for several months and regardless of our intervention he showed little interest. We take the responsibility and mandate from the voters seriously and we do not tolerate mediocrity and poor performance," said Hoosen.

‘Not fired, but resigned’

Ram told News24 that he was not fired from the party but instead, resigned.

“They are talking nonsense. I resigned two weeks ago because I was dissatisfied.”

He said he was not a full time councillor and had another job.

“I am a professional nurse, I was just a PR councillor. When they say that I did not attend meetings they are lying. It is because they never invited me to those meetings,” said Ram.

He said he was the fourth DA councillor to resign in Ixopo.

“They called me for a disciplinary hearing and I could not attend because I was writing exams so they carried on with the meeting without me, even though I gave them the proof that I was going to be writing exams.

“I was never fired and I have never received a letter informing me that I was fired from the DA,” said Ram.

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