The troubled Enoch Mgijima Municipality was given until Tuesday to respond to the department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC Xolile Nqatha, to give reasons why he should not recommend to the province’s executive committee to dissolve it.
A letter from the MEC to the local authority mayor, Sibusiso Mvana, and was seen by The Rep, indicated the decision to invoke section 139 (5)(b) of the constitution was informed by the council’s failure to implement legislated aspects of the financial recovery plan.
“This includes the requirement that council responds and concludes addressing unauthorised, fruitless, wasteful and irregular expenditure and investigate it. That the financial recovery plan and progress status on its implementation be a standard item on the mayoral committee, council meeting agendas and management meetings. That council investigates financial misconduct cases,” said Nqatha in the letter.
Cogta spokesman Mamnkeli Ngam said the MEC had a meeting with local authority’s leadership this week when it was decided the administrator, Vuyo Mlokothi, would go back to working from the municipal offices.
The Rep reported (Administrator missing in action, June 7) that Ngam said Mlokothi was working remotely for safety reasons.
“The administrator’s situation has been exacerbated by some chief stakeholders in the municipality who have made it difficult for him to work at the municipal premises following safety threats.”
Ngam said the dissolution matter may have been put in abeyance as the municipality’s leadership supported the intervention of an administrator.
“The MEC will soon visit Komani to reintroduce the administrator and does not expect any activity that will jeopardise Mlokothi’s work. The main interest of the MEC is for the municipality to be stabilised and be fully functional so that services can be delivered to residents.”
The local authority mayor, Mvana, refused to speak to The Rep.