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DA Secures Interdict Against Metsimaholo Municipality Over Multi-Million Rand Controversial Contract

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Democratic Alliance DA leader Hellen Zille

The Democratic Alliance (DA) Federal Chairperson, Hellen Zille, announced that the party has been granted an interdict against the Metsimaholo Municipality. This legal action aims to prevent the municipality from making any additional payments related to the controversial agreement with Lizelle Sake Trust.

The agreement involves the construction of water and sewer lines on the Wonderfontein portion of a farm near JJ Breaks, amounting to multimillions of rand.

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According to Zille, the municipality does not owe the trust R35 million. She further alleges that the ANC/EFF coalition is using this opportunity to loot the municipality. In support of her claim, Zille reveals that the municipal manager, Mr Mofokeng, was removed from his position after he sought to prevent the transaction.

Zille states, “The ANC/EFF suspended Mr Mofokeng when he refused to authorize payments after the ANC/EFF started pushing through initial payments, towards an amount of R35 million, to a Trust to which the Municipality does not owe the money.”

She further accuses the ANC/EFF coalition of making unsubstantiated allegations against Mr Mofokeng and suspending him without following proper legal processes.

Subsequently, the ANC/EFF coalition unlawfully appointed Mr Fusi Motloung to act as Municipal Manager. Within two days of his appointment, Motlaung began authorizing unlawful payments to the Trust. This information only came to light after the court demanded that he disclose the payments, said DA in a Statement.

In response to these developments, the DA successfully applied for an urgent interdict to the Free State High Court to stop all further payments. The court granted the interdict on Friday, July 28.

While the DA celebrates this victory, the ANC caucus in the Metsimaholo Municipality has acknowledged and accepted the interim court order.

ANC Caucus Leader Fikile Mosokweni has welcomed the court’s decision, suggesting that the DA’s further prayers for relief were irrelevant and demonstrated their bitterness.

Mosokweni also revealed alleged WhatsApp messages from Executive Mayor Jeff Zwane, offering R60 million to Lizelle Trust. According to Mosokweni, this is evidence that the DA Mayor was actively involved in the settlement and is attempting to set it aside unlawfully.

The ANC stands by its decision to remove Zwane from office during the scheduled Council sitting on Tuesday.

Mosokweni emphasizes the ANC’s commitment to ending the misery experienced by the community of Metsimaholo since the local government elections in November 2021. He criticizes Zwane and his mayoral committee for failing to serve the community and accuses them of self-interest and incompetence.

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To demonstrate their support for Mayor Jeff Zwane and his Executive, the DA Federal Council Chairperson Helen Zille, DA Free State Leader Dr Roy Jankielsohn, and other party members will picket outside the council meeting on Tuesday. This show of solidarity aims to send a clear message to the community and the ANC/EFF coalition that the DA stands against corruption and will fight to protect the municipality’s resources.

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