SECUNDA – The Sakhisizwe Progressive Movement staged a walked out of the Council meeting after their motion of suspending Ms Thandi Ngxonono, mayor, collapsed on Tuesday, 31 July.
The party tabled a motion that Ms Ngxonono be suspended pending the assault charge against her.
Ms Ngxonono allegedly slapped an employee, Ms Jane Gwebu, in the face in June.
She has since distanced herself from the allegation and said that this was just a smear campaign aimed at tarnishing her image.
Mr Sibusiso Hlolweni, president of Sapromo, said these allegations did not only tarnish Ms Ngxonono’s image but that of the municipality as well.
“We all know that the mayor is alleged to have assaulted a municipal employee after she accused her of gossip.
“In the statement released by the mayor, she said she was just reprimanding the employee about her work.
“This is against the code of conduct of councillors and it is an interference.
“The mayor should only address the municipal manager, not the employee.”
Sapromo further proposed that an ethics committee be established to investigate the conduct of the mayor and other councillors.
The motion was rejected by the majority party in the council, after which Mr Hlolweni walked out in protest.
He said Sapromo will continue using the legislation to reprimand any bad behaviour in the council and is determined to make sure that the leadership of the council is at their best behaviour.
The DA was happy that the motion presented by Ms Ena van Rooyen, DA, had been passed without contest.
Ms Ciska Jordaan, DA caucus leader, said this motion commits the Govan Mbeki Municipality to Madiba’s Batho Pele principles, improved communication with its residents and expedited responses to service delivery issues.
She said the DA will continue to monitor the implementation of this motion.
The party also supported the Economic Freedom Fighters motion that the municipality take ownership of the Govan Mbeki Housing Company (GMHC)
“GMHC has a questionable reputation for delivering a poor service and with a track record of discrepancies in submitting financial reports to the municipality for the services they render.
“We are shocked that a Section 21 company (non-profit) is, and by approval of the ANC led council, making profit from the residents of the Tsalanang Flats in eMbalenhle.
“The DA had however found that the Council had terminated a contract with GMHC in a council resolution that was adopted in 2012, yet the municipality still appointed GMHC as a service provider for contracts following the realization that the GMHC is incompetent.
“We are discontent that our proposal to investigate the relationship between the Govan Mbeki Municipality and the GMHC was turned down once again by the ANC majority.
“This makes one to question the ANC’s intentions of actually implementing the above mentioned motion that was resolved by the council, and raises concern over what could be exposed with such an investigation.”
Police told the newspaper that the assault case of the Ms Ngxonono is in court for decision.