Councillors frustrated

2015-04-30 16:56

QWAQWA. – Olly Mlamleli, the Free State MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, has appealed to the newly-elected 40 Percent Traditional Council members to be patient and give her time to get things right.

This is after the council members expressed concern about their immediate future and demanded clarity following the delay to take up office to carry out responsibilities assigned to them.

Apparently the council members were elected in August 2014. According to them they should already be working. However, they are still in the dark about their future and when they will begin with their duties.

Lazarus Lekgetho, the spokesperson of the 40 Percent Traditional Council, said they had been in the dark for a long time, adding that the community members had been asking what their job description was because they had done nothing for them.

“The community has elected us and now they want to see us working for them.

“However, we are unable to work because we have not been placed in an office officially. We have written numerous letters to the office of MEC Mlamleli, asking about our future, but until today we have not received any explanation,” said Lekhetho.

Mlamleli has confirmed that the elected councillors had not started with their work as yet.

She said her office had been waiting for the minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan, to complete some documents before giving elected council members the go-ahead.

“I understand their frustration, but I would appreciate it if they could be patient for a while.

“There is basically nothing that we can do until the minister is done with the paper work,” said Mlamleli.

She said the minister was going to sign documents to determine the council members’ job description and the services to render to the community.

“The documents will serve as guidance to our province,” said Mlamleli.

Mlamleli has promised to meet the councillors to explain the current situation and has acknowledged that Ledika Moloi, the chairperson of the Free State House of Traditional Affairs, had raised their concern to her in a recent meeting.

“The problem with the council members is that some have set the standard high for themselves.

“They are now frustrated because they have not started working. They are going to work. We are going to call all of them together with Moloi so that we can explain the current situation.

“If we do not do that, they will continue getting the wrong information from the wrong people. We want to talk to them before the minister completes the paper work,” said Mlamleli

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