Madibeng speaker overturns her own illegal appointment

The Madibeng speaker acknowledged during a council meeting last week that she had no authority to appoint an acting municipal manager, the DA said.

Madibeng speaker Ditshego Mbezi

“This acknowledgement was made during a Special Council meeting where it was resolved that the Executive Mayor, Cllr Douglas Maimane, write a letter to the COGTAHS MEC, Lenah Miga, to second a suitable person to serve as Acting Municipal Manager until such time as a permanent appointment can be made,” councillor Erna Rossouw said.

The DA objected to a 60-day request for secondment as it can lead to maladministration and the council resolved that the mayor must submit a request to the MEC within 14 days, failing which the DA will write to the national Minister of Cooperative Governance to intervene.

She said the DA posed questions during the Council Meeting, but satisfactory explanations were not forthcoming. “We want to know where the intervention of the Provincial Government in terms of Section 139(5) intervention is and whether the MEC was informed that Madibeng is currently operating without a municipal manager. We also want to know if Madibeng is currently conducting its daily operations and functions in compliance with the law.”

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MEC Miga held a workshop on Section 139(5) Financial Intervention in Madibeng, and Council approved this decision in May, however, the intervention is yet to realise and the municipality is still on the verge of financial collapse.

“The DA in Madibeng is concerned about service delivery and the delay in the appointment of skilled and qualified officials. We will closely monitor the appointment of a qualified and skilled municipal manager.”