Dr Beyers Naude municipality goes rogue, calls for an illegal ‘tools down’ strike

Issued by Vicky Knoetze, MPL
Shadow MEC for COGTA

The DA is calling for an urgent special council meeting to elect a new mayor and whip of council and deal with the unlawful budget so that the Dr Beyers Naude Municipality (DBNM) can stabilise after municipal officials, including the municipal manager, have allegedly called for an illegal “tools down” strike.

This rogue municipality has not just broken the law, it is now defying the law! The open defiance of the rule of law cannot be tolerated.

Their actions follow a court order on the matter where the DA took the DBNM and others, including the MEC of COGTA, Xolile Nqatha, to court. The court order declared the election of the Mayor and Whip of Council in the DBNM invalid and unlawful, and the subsequent passing of the municipal budget as unlawful and inconsistent with the Constitution.

The Municipal Manager’s actions show there is a clear political alignment. Instead of calling for a special council meeting, he is allegedly calling for instability, to the detriment of the residents.

The DA has written to the MEC Nqatha to call for his intervention and leadership in ensuring stability and that service delivery is not disrupted, in the spirit of upholding the rule of law, ensuring that the municipality remains stable and sustainable, and that it continues to deliver on its mandate to deliver services to the residents.

The DA further requested the MEC ensures that a special council meeting is called before the end of this week, for the election of a new Mayor and Whip of Council.

MEC Nqatha must also anticipate and consider recommendations from the newly elected mayor, in terms of section 139 intervention, noting that the municipal budget was set aside by the court order and the new financial year has commenced. This means that section 55 of the Municipal Finance Management Act takes effect, in terms of which the newly elected mayor must approach the MEC to make a recommendation in terms of appropriate section 139 Constitutional intervention by the province.

Above all else, it is of critical importance that service delivery is not hampered in any way during this period.

The DA will continue to fight to ensure that the people in the Dr Beyers Naude Municipality are always put first and that they receive the services they are entitled to.