ANC lays down the law to councillors
Johannesburg - Newly appointed councillors in Limpopo were warned that the ANC in the province would not hesitate to remove them should they fail to perform, a spokesman for the party said on Monday.
"Where councillors are not performing, the ANC will not hesitate to call by-elections and remove them. There is a sense of urgency about delivery, we can't do things in the old way," said ANC Limpopo spokesperson, David Masondo.
Masondo was speaking after ANC provincial chairperson Cassel Mathale briefed the media on what the party expected from ANC councillors in the province.
Councillors were told they would be held accountable by the communities they served. They were told to convene civil society meetings once a month and mass community meetings once every quarter, Masondo said.
Councillors also had to conduct door-to-door visits to understand the "socio-economic" needs of every household.
"Councillors must compile reports to go to the ANC at a regional level who must see to it that the issues of the community are addressed and these reports would be monitored by the provincial leadership," Masondo said.
"The general message is that... excuses must come to an end."
The performance of the councillors would be measured against the ANC's local government election manifesto, he said.
The move by the province was in line with decisions taken at a weekend meeting of the ANC top brass, the national executive committee.
The ANC expressed concern at its performance in the 2011 local elections after it dipped in support in all the provinces except KwaZulu-Natal.