The African National Congress in the Northern Cape will, at its Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting, discuss the challenges that municipalities are facing and how the local arm of government has changed (or not) the lives of communities.
The 17 August meeting to be held in the small town of Pofadder, “will make a thorough reflection on the performance agreements signed by councillors in August 2016 and all councillors in the province will be made to account on the work that they have done in their two years in office” , according to a statement released by the party.
The ruling party has been faced with a number of community protests in municipalities where it’s governing. The recent “shutdown” in Kimberley and the protests in De Aar will surely acquire enough attention at the meeting. The matter of the Executive Mayor of Sol Plaatje municipality, Mangaliso Matika should also feature on the meeting’s agenda as the people of Kimberley wait anxiously for a resolution on the impasse. Matika will be in attendance as an ex-officio member of the executive committee.
According to the statement the meeting will earnestly deliberate on: Political and administrative stability municipalities; filling of critical posts; financial viability; state of municipal infrastructure; service delivery issues; debt owed to Eskom and corruption.
The matter of the 11 ANC councillors that voted with the opposition to remove Matika is another albatross around the neck of the ruling party. The ANC finds itself in a quandary as it has to decide on how to deal with the defiant councillors, especially ward councillors who, if removed by the party may opt to stand as independents during by- elections. Such by-elections will be announced by the IEC as ward councillors on party tickets must vacate their positions if they are no longer members of the party they represented during the 2016 local government elections.
The ANC is not currently the Kimberley community’s favourite political party after the Matika fiasco. Solomon Star has learned that the Kimberley community members, who were behind the recent protests, have registered a non-profit organisation, named Sol Plaatjie Community Forum, on 10 August 2018.