Mon. Jul 15th, 2019

Phokwane mayor ignores calls from ANC to vacate her post

anc flag phokwane mayor refuses to step downThe ANC promised to not let this affect efforts to increase service delivery.

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The ANC in Kimberley has lambasted Phokwane mayor, Sentse Kalman, for refusing to heed the calls of the party’s regional executive committee (REC) for her to vacate her position with immediate effect.

As reported by IOL News, Kalman, along with Horatius Modiakgotla, the council speaker at the municipality, have both refused to vacate their positions, after a decision was made by the REC to remove the two officials.

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The municipal district in Kimberley was — since 2018 — plagued by service delivery protests. ANC supporters were divided on the question of Kalman and her group’s ability to service the community.

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The ANC’s regional secretary-general, Webster Dichaba, noted that for months, residents of the Phokwane municipality had no access to water, and the roads were in dire need of maintenance work.

The resolution that the REC had arrived at, according to Dichaba, was to remove Kalman, Modiakgotla as well as the suspended municipal manager, Matshidiso Mogale, at once and usher in a new leadership team to fast-track issues related to service delivery.

“We have asked her to step down and she has bluntly refused. She has chosen to go against the instruction given by the ANC, to resign. As an ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) member and mayor, she should know better. If she continues to dig in her heels, legal processes must follow.

“Their continued stay at the municipality poses a potential danger to the delivery of services to our people. For months, the community has had no access to water, while the morale of municipal staff is at its lowest,” Dichaba said.

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While Kalman’s disciplinary process is still pending an outcome, Dichaba noted that Modiakgotla’s misconduct charge was finalised and he was meant to serve his last day in office on 10 April.

Modiakgotla had been found guilty of refusing to suspend an ANC member. He was also accused of collaborating with opposition parties to go against members of the ruling party.

“The councillor potentially provoked division and impacted negatively towards the unity of the ANC, in that branches of the ANC are defining themselves as belonging to particular factions and individuals within the organisation,” Dichaba said.

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As things stand, the ANC believes that the leadership of the Phokwane municipality is null and void, and there is little that can be done to fast-track the removal process of the mayor and her cohorts.

“Due to technical delays, the process has not been concluded yet. The matter is still sub-judice… we cannot remove her through an unlawful process. We cannot thumb suck evidence and are constructively engaging with her.” he added.

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