During a chaotic virtual council meeting of the Madibeng Municipality on Friday afternoon, the MEC for the North West Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) again placed the municipality under Section 139 (1) (b) administration.
After a number of angry council members tried to disrupt the meeting in order to prevent MEC Boitumelo Moiloa from making the announcement, she finally told council that following a sitting by the provincial EXCO, and perusal of the former administrator’s close-out report, it was resolved to invoke the intervention in the Madibeng Local Municipality with immediate effect.
This was met with anger from a number of councillors. One told the MEC that it was not her council and she had no right to speak.
“The invocation follows a report of systematic failures by the council to carry out its executive and other legislative mandates as articulated in Sections 152 (1), 152 (2) and 153 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, including the supporting legislative mandates. In this regard, all executive powers of council are now vested with the Provincial Executive Council, and cannot be performed by the municipality and council except for the adoption of the budget, IDP and passing of bylaws and policies,” MEC Moiloa said.
She warned the Executive Mayor and the council to therefore desist from convening meetings and taking any resolutions/decisions without the expressed consent from the MEC of COGTA until the administrator is appointed.
She told the Madibeng municipal council that the intervention will be communicated during a council meeting to be held soon when the administrator will be introduced.
Madibeng Chief Whip, Petrus Mokgabo, told the MEC that “we support the MEC”.
Shortly after the heated virtual meeting, Kormorant was reliably informed that the Madibeng mayor, Jostine Mothibe, had reached out to opposition parties, imploring them to join her in opposing COGTA’s decision in court. According to information, the Democratic Alliance informed her that they support the MEC’s decision and would oppose the mayor’s motion in court if necessary.
The DA welcomed the intervention. “This will assist in addressing the corruption and theft in the Madibeng municipality,” caucus leader, Jan van Rhyn said.