Outgoing GKM mayor unclear about her future

2016-08-05 06:00
The outgoing mayor, Nosisa Jojozi, at the media briefing.  Photo: Siphelele Nketo

The outgoing mayor, Nosisa Jojozi, at the media briefing. Photo: Siphelele Nketo

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THE outgoing Greater Kokstad Municipality mayor, Nosisa Jojozi, who took up the position in 2011, said she is unclear about her future.

The next mayor will probably be the deputy mayor, Beki Mtolo, who was the mayoral candidate for 2016 elections.

At a media breakfast last week Jojozi was not sure where she will be deployed as her five-year term comes to an end.
“I don’t know when the ruling party will place me.”

Under her watch as mayor the municipality was constantly in the news about its poor financial status and as a result some projects were neglected and others were delayed and missed their completion deadline.
Between 2011 and 2012 the municipality received a qualified audit report from the Auditor-General.

She said the next mayor will take the municipality forward.

“I am a better person today than when I took over as the GKM mayor in 2011. GKM has moulded me into a better leader, regardless of challenges I experienced. We fought, cry, argued, laughed and celebrated with the people of Kokstad and I thank the people of Kokstad.

“The new mayor will complete unfinished projects, including electrifying some areas, and finish roads. I ask Kokstad stakeholders to respect and work with the next mayor.”

In May the Kokstad Concerned Resident’s Association called for Jojozi and Mtolo to step down for failing to deliver basic services and Kokstad was brought to standstill by protesting residents.

Gabriel Marais, the representative leader for Griquas in Kokstad said Jojozi’s exit is painful for the Griqua people because she did a lot to change their lives for the better.

“Jojozi united the people of Kokstad by building social cohesion and I hope the next mayor will take over from where Jojozi left off and improve Kokstad.”

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