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YCLSA wants Ditsobotla Mayor removed and some directors investigated

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By Thys Khiba -The Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) in the North West province called for the removal of the Ditsobotla Local Municipality newly elected Mayor, Stockie Mokgothu and an investigation on some directors by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Cogta in the province.

The YCLSA has stated the following reasons for the removal of the Mayor:

She must be removed on the basis of steering instabilities and tensions that are currently taking place at the municipality.

She must be removed on basis of her uncalled for conduct of demanding bank statements from the municipal CFO, which the YCL suggested that the conduct by the mayor is bridging laws governing administration of municipality.

She must be removed for defying the ANC on not reversing her nonsensical decisions of issuing a personal suspension of the Acting Municipal Manager without council.


Speaking to Free State Central News, the Provincial Secretary of the YCLSA in the province, Tsietsi Letsebe indicated the SIU must investigate the Manager of Supply Chain management, former Acting Municipal Manager and Former MM who allegedly appointed his family members.

“ANC as an organization which has deployed that comrade must recall that comrade. The comrade must be recalled on the mandate of the ANC..,” said Letsebe.

Letsebe indicated that they are not accusing the mayor but they are suspecting her involvement on the municipal security tender, hence they want her to be investigated. According to Letsebe, there is deliberate intention in the local municipal to defocus the people of the province from what is happening in that municipality.

“A group of some people who use employees had made it a deliberate intention for them to put the municipality instability… because there is a contract or tender of security company which apparently. It is alleged irregularly appointed. The same tender or contract is milking the budget of the municipality” said Letsebe.

This follows the suspension of the Acting Municipal Manager of the Municipality, Jonas Letlhaku, by mayor Mokgothu on Friday 28 February. Letlhaku is accused of issuing letters to dismiss municipal workers.

On Thursday, municipal workers burnt tyres and disrupted services in Lichtenburg following the issuing of dismissal letters. Workers were angry over a letter alleging that a council resolution was taken to fire all employees who were appointed after the removal of former Mayor, Daniel Buthelezi. However, Letlhaku, confirmed the letter is fake.

“I categorically distance myself and Senior Management from the content of that letter as it is fraudulently signed by posting my signature on the said letter. I further advise employees who are used or willingly participating in such fraudulent activities to desist from such as the law will take its cause,” said Letlhaku.

The leadership of SAMWU at a local and provincial level have expressed different views over what is happening at the municipality. SAMWU local leader, Mashaba, says tensions at the council are politically motivated. Some workers are not happy with decisions taken by the Municipal Manager, Letlhaku.

“There are no services rendered, workers do not have tools of the trade, because monies are stolen. And that is essentially caused by political leaders provincially,” said Mashaba.

Speaking to the SAMWU Provincial Secretary, Vincent Diphoko about what is taking place in that municipality, he said ‘workers must never entertain political stability within the municipality, but what is important is that workers must only deal with issues of work related matters.

“We must leave politics to politicians, because we don’t have powers over councilors and municipal managers. So Unions must not speak on behalf of councilors. It is a factional tendency..,” said Diphoko.. @ By central news


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