By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Spokesperson on Cooperative Governance:
The DA has learnt that Maruleng Mayor, Pule Mafologele, intends to suspend Municipal Manager, Refilwe Ramothwala, after Ramothwala refused to authorise Mafologele’s R74 000.00 jaunt to attend the Durban July horse race this year, at Municipal expense.
The DA is in possession of a document that confirms the intention of suspending Ramothwala as proposed by the Mayor, during the last council meeting – citing no valid reasons.
The DA believes that Ramothwala is being pushed out of office for refusing to sign the financial documents for the Durban July trip.
The DA has seen a physical copy of a Municipal payment requisition and an official Municipal purchase order for the registration of officials at a cost of R17 700.00, flight payments of R26 970.24 and accommodation in Durban, worth R29 837.70. None of these documents were signed by the municipal manager nor the Chief Financial Officer.
The DA has already requested the office of the Public Protector to probe this fruitless expenditure and illegal trip to Durban at the expense of taxpayers.
This comes after other allegations of the ANC dismissing officials who are blowing the whistle on corruption in the province.
The suspension of Ramothwala comes immediately after Knocks Seabi, ANC Provincial Secretary, made a surprise visit to the municipality and had a long meeting with the Mayor and other officials behind closed doors.
The suspended Thulamela Municipality Municipal Manager, Makonde Mathivha is also regarded by the ANC as a stumbling block to the awarding of tenders to certain crony companies recommended by Seabi.
Targeting and victimizing the whistleblowers that are exposing corruption proves that the ANC would rather fire corruption fighters, than fight against corruption.
The Protected Disclosures Act, 26 of 2000 guarantees that those who blow the whistle on corruption cannot be persecuted. The DA will closely monitor these dismissals and will lay criminal charges against any ANC leaders who are implicated in violating this Act of Parliament.