Jacques Smalle MP
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
Aganang Municipality is in the final stages of reinstating it’s former Municipal Manager, Ramakuntwane Selepe to his position despite his bad managerial record.
This is happening under apparent instruction from the ANC’s Limpopo Task Team.
Selepe’s contract was originally not renewed last year in August. The municipality received disclaimer audit opinions from the Auditor General (AG) for 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 financial years respectively under his tenure.
According to documents in DA’s possession, the ANC’s Regional Task Team represented by Lehlogonolo Masoga want to impose Selepe back into the municipality even though the council wants a new person who is capable of managing delivery in the municipality.
Under Selepe’s helm as the Municipal Manager , the municipality regressed from a qualified AG report to a disclaimer over the last five years.
This indicates a lack of managerial and leadership skills and accountability. In the last financial year (2011/2012), the municipality incurred wasteful expenditure of R4 million, R19 million for irregular expenditure and a further R15 million that he cannot account for.
The municipality is one of the poorest and rural municipalities in the country with a huge service delivery backlog including water, proper sanitation, electricity and roads.
The decision by the task team to reinstate him is a clear interference in government matters and shows a disregard for procedures and laws that need to be followed.
No political structures should put demands to council to appoint their preferred candidate but rather allow the correct procedures to be followed in filling up that position.
The DA is urging the MEC for Cooperate Governance, Clifford Motsepe to intervene in this regard and ensure that there is transparency. We cannot allow individuals to be appointed while they are not suitable for the post.