Last week Collen Maine, member of the provincial executive committee responsible for local government and human settlements announced tough measures which his administration would implement in cases of irregular appointments in senior structures of any municipality.
Maine who was addressing the portfolio committee on local government and human settlements in Vryburg vowed to stamp out irregular and improper appointments of senior officials in municipalities and even threatened to take a contravening municipality to court to correct the appointment/s.
It did not take Maine more than a week to crack the whip. The MEC and his department were tested to the limit this week when reports surfaced that the ANC governing the troublesome Tlokwe local municipality had failed to comply with the laws governing the municipality by irregularly appointing two senior officials.
As he had warned, Maine immediately called for the re-advertising of the appointment of Lesego Patrick Norman appointed CFO and Lawson Mohlomi, the manager for housing and planning arguing that their appointment processes where flawed.
The MEC’s bold steps were praised by the Democratic Alliance who are challenging the ANC in what was expected to be a bloodied contest come next year’s municipal elections and the two parties’ bid for the reins of the Tlokwe local municipality.
Maine who is running for the presidency of the ANC Youth League must be applauded for taking those drastic steps against councillors supporting his party without fearing to lose votes when he contests the youth league’s national leadership role later this year.
Comment by Bobby Saul of 13 Martin Street, Galleria Arcade, Mafikeng.