By Hans-Jurie Moolman, Democratic Alliance Caucus Chairperson, Tlokwe Potchefstroom:
The DA welcomes directives from Local Government and Human Settlements MEC, Collin Maine, to nullify the appointments of some senior managers of the Tlokwe Local Municipality.
These directives follows actions of a community member, who over a period of a year, communicated with both the offices of the Minister Pravin Gordhan and the MEC Collin Maine.
The DA and other opposition parties strongly objected to these appointments when they were made because it was clear from the supporting documentation and processes followed in the appointments that they should not be made – the candidates were simply not properly qualified.
Notwithstanding the objections and warnings of the opposition parties, the ANC used their majority to disregard the legal requirements for qualifications for senior managers imposed by National Treasury and forced the appointments by a majority vote.
To make matters worse, the Manager for Housing and Planning, one of the appointees, was appointed Acting Municipal Manager of the Tlokwe Local Municipality, during which he took major financial and planning decisions for the municipality.
The DA calls on the councillors who voted in favour of the appointments to pay back to the community the high salaries of these unlawfully appointed officials. We will be making a close inspection of all decisions taken by officials that were to the disadvantage of the community and ensure the municipality reviews the decision. We will also table a motion to force councillor to pay back the money wasted on these salaries.
The DA will take further steps as reports and minutes of council meetings that relate to these matters are clear and undisputable proof of who is to account for this.