Limpopo court orders council to remove municipal manager

2017-01-24 17:09
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Polokwane - The EFF in Limpopo says it is relieved a court has ordered the reversal of a decision to appoint a Mogalakwena municipal manager, but has expressed concern that governance in the ANC-run municipality has collapsed.

On Tuesday the Limpopo High Court ordered co-operative governance, housing and traditional affairs MEC Makoma Makhurupetje to reverse the appointment of acting municipal manager Sam Bambo.

"We have always said the ANC government is corrupt to the core, and it does anything in its power, regardless of the laws of the country and anything that is called law [and] is prepared to go against it," said the Limpopo EFF's Jossy Buthane.

Buthane was addressing the media after the court ordered that Bambo's appointment, which was made in October, be reversed.

Bambo's appointment had caused an uproar in the municipality with ANC councillors up against members of opposition parties.

The EFF then dragged the municipality to court, arguing that the Municipal Act governing the appointment of council officials was flouted in Bambo's appointment.

Buthane said Bambo's appointment was not aimed at improving service delivery, but rather at enriching unnamed ANC leaders.

"They used their numbers to arrogantly defy logic. We approached court and they granted us today the order that the appointment of Bambo was irregular," said Buthane.

In and out of court

When the court made the ruling on Tuesday Bambo had already been removed from his position during a special council meeting on Monday.

The municipality has been in and out of court since the sacking of 14 ANC councillors after they voted in support of an opposition party motion to remove an allegedly corrupt mayor in 2014. 

Buthane said the ANC no longer respected the rule of law, adding that the EFF would challenge any action that seeks to undermine the law.

It is alleged that tenders worth R235m were issued during Bambo's tenure following his appointment in October.

The municipal manager post has been vacant for the past three years.

Former municipal manager Willie Kekana is challenging his sacking in court.

Kekana was dismissed in 2015 when Makhurupetje's department intervened.

Makhurupetje and ANC councillors had questioned Kekana's contract status, claiming it was illegal.

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