The current situation in Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality has become extremely volatile. It appears that the municipality has gone rogue, and residents have taken to the street to protest.
It appears that the ANC has hijacked the municipal council, ignoring municipal legislation, council procedures, rules, and processes.
If there is no urgent intervention by the Province, it is feared that the situation will escalate and have dire consequences, not only for the council but for residents of the municipality.
Community members have taken to the streets this morning, to shut-down the municipality and town of Cradock from today due to these rampant irregularities that have led to the collapse or service delivery, especially electricity outages, water outages and sewerage leaks.
During a Council meeting held on Friday, 18 February 2022, on a virtual platform the Speaker of Council was held captive and intimidated in her home.
The events that unfolded were incredibly traumatic to all participants and continued for approximately 30 minutes, which lead to the Council meeting being abandoned.
On the same day, the Council continued with the meeting in which the acting Speaker unilaterally appointed a CFO, which the Council had resolved in January to never appoint again.
The Acting Speaker refused to allow the Council to vote on the matter and refused to call a division, the statement by the municipality that there was a majority ANC vote is malicious and false.
It is further extremely concerning that for the period starting 1 November 2021 to current, Mkhululi Whitey Mbebe has acted as Municipal Manager, although his appointment ended on 31 October 2021.
His extended stay means that all actions by the Council in this period are ultra vires.
The Democratic Alliance has written to the MEC of COGTA, Xolile Nqatha raising serious concerns around irregularities and recent occurrences in the Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality.
I have requested that the MEC urgently deploy a delegation from COGTA to visit the municipality and investigate several serious irregularities and concerns.
This type of mafia-style governance of this Council is trampling the very institutions of democracy.
The situation in Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality is serious and may erupt at any moment.
The DA will remain robust in its role as the official opposition in the Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality and expose any irregularities in this rogue municipality and hold those that are responsible to account.