‘Speaker held council to ransom’ – FF+

File pic: Amanda de Lange.

Amanda de Lange, Freedom Front Plus councillor and chairperson of the Municipal Public Accounts Committee claimed that the ANC Speaker of Mogale City, Patric Lipudi, literally held the council to ransom during the meeting on Tuesday, 30 May.

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She stated that Lipudi tabled a pre-emptive motion of no confidence in the Executive Mayor and allowed absurd and endless debates on this item to continue for more than eight hours. He attempted to enforce a private vote on the council on this item, even though the majority of councillors insisted on a show-of-hands vote.

“Lipudi as the presiding officer failed dismally to act impartially during council sittings as he continuously makes decisions in council in breach of regulations and rules of order.

“In terms of the regulations it was imperative that the budget and integrated development plan for 2017/2018 be finalised by 31 May, but instead, this item was placed last on the agenda and the ANC’s motion against the Mayor received preference by the Speaker,” De Lange said.

She believes it is obvious the ANC Speaker’s main agenda is the demise of the coalition/ multi-party governance and not the best interest of the residents of Mogale City.

“The Speaker and ANC councillors openly insulted Executive Mayor Holenstein and his multi-party councillors throughout the council sitting. Their undisciplined behaviour is very disruptive and irregular, and speaks of an ANC Speaker and councillors with no integrity or respect for the institution or the office of the Executive Mayor.”

She pointed out in her speech in council that it is due to the wasteful expenditure of the previous regime that Mogale City is now financially paralysed.

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She reminded the ANC of a number of irregularities under their tenure, such as the so-called Bob van Reenen Stadium upgrades with millions of rands of losses, the failed implementation of numerous municipal accounting systems that has cost the municipality and residents millions in wasteful expenditure, a farm in Hekpoort on which Mogale City had an option to buy for R6,4 million but through irregular methods was purchased by a third party and on the same day sold to Mogale City for R18 million. Furthermore, the once proud Krugersdorp Game Reserve was plundered and mismanaged to such an extend that it had to close its doors.

“It was pointed out that since August 2016 under the multi-party governance, and notwithstanding continuous attempts by the ANC to discredit and sabotage this coalition and derail the municipality, a number of successes have been achieved. The multi-party governance will not be swayed or intimidated by the unlawful tactics of the ANC,” De Lange concluded.

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