By James Masango MPL, DA Mpumalanga spokesperson on Cooperative Governance
The failing ANC in Mpumalanga has endorsed the violent and undemocratic actions of Lekwa Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr Linda Dhlamini, by defeating a DA motion tabled in the Provincial Legislature, calling for an investigation and disciplinary action to be taken against the mayor.
This, after a council meeting scheduled to debate a DA tabled motion of no confidence in the Mayor and Speaker was suspended when a crowd of people entered the chamber and disrupted the meeting. Prior to the debate, the majority of councillors had agreed to have the motion decided through a secret ballot.
Following the suspended council meeting, the mayor came to the municipal offices with a team of welders and welded the Speaker’s office door with steel bars, damaging municipal property to protect his own selfish needs.
Service delivery in Lekwa is virtually non-existent as this municipality in not only failing to pay Eskom and the Rand Water board, but it has also allowed raw sewage for flow unabated through the streets, around people’s homes and into the Vaal River for many years.
Lekwa is also one of the five municipalities that Cogta MEC, Speedy Mashilo has placed under section 139(5)(a) of the Constitution due to its rapidly deteriorating condition.
By failing to support the DA’s motion calling for an investigation and disciplinary action to be taken against the mayor, the ANC has made it clear that they don’t care about the people of Lekwa and would do whatever it takes to protect actions that stifle democracy and maintain the status quo at the expense of the people.
Local government continues to suffer under the leadership of the ANC. We should not have to wait for this municipality to go in the direction of Thaba Chweu, Govan Mbeki and eMalahleni local municipalities before rooting out the ANC’s corruption.
Only a DA government can bring change that fights corruption and speeds up the delivery of basic services in municipalities such as Lekwa.
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