Limpopo ANC denies mayors axed for not supporting Mathale

2012-05-03 10:31

The ANC in Limpopo has denied allegations that its decision to axe three mayors is related to their refusal to support Premier Cassel Mathale during the party’s elective conference in December.

The party’s provincial executive committee has decided to recall Mavhungu Luruli, Johana Majela and Esther Mothibi, the mayors of Makhado, Lephalale and Mogalakwena municipalities.

The committee cited “non-performance” as its reason for the recalls.

ANC provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane said while Luruli and Majela had already left their offices this week, Mothibi was yet to leave.

A source close to the process said the Limpopo provincial executive committee didn’t take kindly to people “who are not clear where they stand and (don’t) toe the line”.

“If they were axed because of non-performance then a lot of mayors should go too. We all know that people like Mothibi were opposed to Mathale,” the source said.

However, the party’s spokesperson in the province, Makonde Mathivha, said “after a presentation by the secretary of the province on the performance of provincial government departments and local munucipalities, we decided to recall these comrades.

“Remember, we did reshuffle MECs as well, so the reshuffle was not bound to provincial government departments only,” Mathivha said.

Luruli, Majela and Mothibi, said Mathivha, were found wanting in delivering services to communities.

“People are just not performing, they were simply not doing their jobs. You can’t then shift the blame to comrade Mathale.

“We are actually backed by the opinion of the auditor-general. Look at their annual reports. They must show us their good work and then they can claim that they are being purged.”

Cosatu’s provincial secretary Dan Sebabi said the decision to axe the mayors had nothing to do with service delivery or administrative issues.

“Why target these three? If it’s about service delivery then 90% of the mayors should go.”

The DA’s provincial leader Desiree van der Walt, however, applauded the ANC’s decision to sack the mayors.

“We know there are serious internal issues within the ANC in this province. It’s highly likely that they were axed for not supporting Mathale but the issue is that their service delivery track record is appalling.”

“They were all incompetent. We now hope that they will appoint mayors who have the best interest of the people at heart.”

None of the former mayors could be reached for comment.

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