Administration in Oudtshoorn to wind up

2016-07-28 20:15

Oudtshoorn - The administration of the troubled Oudtshoorn local municipality will come to an end following the local government elections, the Western Cape government said on Thursday.

A new council would be constituted after August 3, after which the intervention initiated in July 2015 would end, local government MEC Anton Bredell said in a statement.

The national co-operative governance department and the Western Cape government appointed an administrator to take charge of Oudtshoorn, following a two-year power struggle between the ANC and DA.

In September 2015, ANC councillors, the Independent Civic Organisation of SA, the National People’s Party, and a DA councillor passed a motion of no confidence in mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen, who had been elected just two months before. 

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Bredell said the administrator and the department had developed a hand-over plan for the council that would take over after August 3.
“The plan is to ensure that there is a smooth transition and that the support measures initiated during the period of administration are seen through until completion.”

One of the biggest issues that had been addressed was the rehabilitation of the local waste water treatment plant at a cost of R5.5m.  

The Hawks were handling a forensic investigation into 132 alleged transgressions by employees and officials. Disciplinary hearings were also underway.