Councillor hands in resignation letter

2018-12-04 06:00

Ward 54 councillor Shayne Ramsay has resigned from the post.

The resignation came into effect on Tuesday 27 November and has been confirmed by City of Cape Town speaker Dirk Smit.

On her Facebook page, Ramsay stated: “After lengthy consideration, I resigned my seat in council and my membership of the DA, so I am no longer the ward councillor. I am nevertheless grateful for the challenge and the enormous amount I have learned in the role, and for the opportunity.”

Ramsay declined to comment to People’s Post on the reasons behind the resignation.

Good Hope Subcouncil chairperson Matthew Kempthorne says the post will remain vacant until the Independent Electoral Committee (IEC) declares a vacancy. This will then be followed by a by-election being called by the IEC.

Smit adds: “We have no set timeline at present for when by-elections will be held and a new councillor will be elected.”

Kempthorne anticipates this could take place as late as February next year.

“Then any registered political party can nominate a candidate. In the Democratic Alliance a rigorous selection process will happen with the aspirant candidates going through an electoral college and then a selection panel,” he says.

In the interim, the subcouncil will be handling any ratepayers’ issues, he adds.

A proportional representative councillor will also be deployed to the ward, Smit says.

Kempthorne adds: “Until the by-election elects a new ward councillor, the subcouncil will handle any service delivery requests. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shayne for her service to the city of Cape Town and its residents and wish her well in her future endeavours.”

V Call the subcouncil on 021 487 2201 or email Kempthorne at matthew.kempthorne@capetown.gov.za or his assistant at samantha.martin@capetown.gov.za.

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