Councillor adamant about 3rd term

2016-02-10 06:00
RESIDENTS of Ward 8 came in numbers to attend the community meeting. Photo: Boipelo Mere

RESIDENTS of Ward 8 came in numbers to attend the community meeting. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE ward councillor of Ward 8 Kopanong branch, Charles Ngoma, is adamant that he is standing as a councillor for a third term.

“I am standing, as I was the people’s choice,” he said to Express Northern Cape, amidst allegations that it was unlawful and against the Municipal Act.

He made this comment on Thursday (05/02) after a community meeting was halted by unhappy attendants demanding answers regarding their allegations of a flawed branch committee meeting (BGM) that was held on 26 January 2016.

The community wants the outcome, where the three candidates were elected, to be scrapped.

The meeting was held at the Galeshewe Housing Support Centre where the ANC representative, Lorna Kgatlhane, failed to respond to the community’s grievances as promised.

Amongst the grievances is that the current ward councillor, Ngoma, is standing for a third term as a councillor.

Kgatlhane, who arrived late at the meeting, told the community that she was misinformed by the regional leadership, who continued to engage in meetings without her.

“I honestly did not want to come, as I am upset for being sidelined all along. I only came here for the sake of the ANC,” she said.

According to the community, they are not taken seriously, as Ngoma is still one of the top three candidates, even after they raised their concerns.

They were also angered by the revelation that there were in fact four, and not three, candidates.

The delegates who chanted “Charles must fall” in full view of Ngoma shouted that they want him “off that list”.

“He only served the interests of his friends. He does not call meetings, especially for the residents of John Daka.

“The state of the ward in John Daka is bad. No man, we do not want him,” shouted one of the attendants.

He was part of the group who preferrred to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation within the branch.

“We are only fighting for the unification of the branch,” revealed the group.

“The BGM was not inclusive at all and only caused division amongst the community and ANC members.

“Members from a certain division have chosen themselves to stand,” added another.

In an effort to support the authenticity of his candidateship, Ngoma said that the BGM was only for card carrying members and members in good standing.

“Some of them were here at the meeting and are aware that I am the people’s choice.

“I am not the first councillor to remain a councillor for more that one term. Some councillors even go for a fourth term,” added Ngoma.

He accused the delegates who caused the dismissal of the meeting of dragging the party’s (ANC) name through the mud.

“They are the minority and the process of the people’s choice is happening here. Minority cannot tell the majority.

“Some of them are not even ANC members and are just here to disrupt the meeting,” explained Ngoma.

He continued to explain that the fourth candidate was from Ward 17 and had to be incorporated into Ward 8 after the demarcation.

“He cannot just be sidelined,” Ngoma said.

The regional secretary, Webster Dichabe, explained that the meeting was a community participation where they consult with the community and hear their views.

According to him, the challenge within that area is the demarcation, which is not a crisis.

He regrets not being able to attend the meeting to explain the situation at hand to the community due to other commitments.

Dichabe further denied any claims of the office receiving grievances from the community.

“We have not received any concerns from the community, but they can pledge their support to their preferred candidate when we present them in our follow-up meeting,” said Dichabe.

According to Dichabe, the Francis Baard region has nearly completed the process of holding community participation meetings in different wards and hopes to reach the other wards by the end of the week.

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