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Bela-Bela municipal council meeting rescheduled four hours later to obtain quorum

   03 November 2017   l   Andries van der Heyde    l   Views: 84   l   3 months ago  


Jeremia Ngobeni (Bela-Bela municipality mayor) and Zachariah Moeletsi (speaker).

The quarterly council meeting of the Bela-Bela municipality proved to be one of frustration, when the municipal council failed to get a quorum at the start of the meeting on Tuesday, 31 October, at 10:00 at the municipal offices.

Two ANC councillors, Spando Maluleka and Henrietta Ledwaba, and the entire DA panel, Kobus van der Merwe, Tinus Ras, David Senosha, Frans Mothokwa and Rachel Masemola was not in attendance on the day.

Joseph Makhubela from the Bushbuckridge Residents Association (BRA) also was not present since he was apparently writing exams. Maluleka and Ledwaba cited their absence for medical reasons, while Ras was on leave.

After 45 minutes of waiting, council failed to get a quorum — a total of nine councillors should have been present.

A frustrated Zachariah Moeletsi, speaker, made the decision to postpone the meeting to 14:00 the same day.

More councillors were present at 14:35 — five of the ANC, the speaker, two EFF councillors and Makhubela from the BRA. The DA and the two ANC councillors still were not in attendance. 

Council continued none the less with the business of the day.

Sello Moswoeu, EFF-caucus leader, asked Moeletsi why his motions regarding the issues of the need for land and the recommendations of the KPMG report was not placed on the agenda. 

Moswoeu was adamant for answers.

The answer he received was that his query will be discussed “during the next council meeting”.

Moeletsi then told the council that he will not be accepting the apologies made by Maluleka and Ledwaba since he felt that their reasons lacked substance.

“We will see how we will deal with them and I am going to take this up with the provincial leadership. There are many other people out there who wants to become councillors,” said Moeletsi.

“We cannot steal from the community. The fact that they are paid to be here and they are not, is fruitless and wasteful expenditure.” 

Council then proceeded to note the recommendations on the quarterly reports of the various departments.

After the gallery was asked to leave and came back, the mayor, Jeremia Ngobeni, raised and discussed the issue of appointments since Precious Raputsoa, previous head of planning, as well as the acting municipal manager’s term had officially expired the same day and both were officially leaving the municipality.

The mayor thanked Raputsoa that he had served the municipality well in his capacity and wished him the best of luck in his future endeavours.

During the short break council had decided that the head of technical services, Risimati Ntekele, would become the acting municipal manager and Jimmy Moloto, previous head of water affairs in town, will become the acting head of the technical department.

After the meeting adjourned Ngobeni told The Post that council will correspond with the district, as well as the provincial leadership, for a secondment on deciding who is to become the permanent heads of departments, as well as the municipal manager for the next term.

Ngobeni said that the shortlisting for the positions of Bela-Bela municipal manager, chief financial officer at the municipality and corporate services will commence by next week, after which the interviews will take place.




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