The DA in the province says it will not let the redeployment of former Sol Plaatje Executive Mayor Mangaliso Matika to the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature stop them in their quest “to hold him accountable for his actions during his time as Sol Plaatje mayor.” In a press statement the party said that while Matika may have been given a new title after he was formally sworn in as an MPL on Friday October 12, this did not mean the former mayor would start off on a clean slate.
“Matika previously facilitated the rental of his own personal accommodation through Sol Plaatje despite the fact that Council voted against the provision for official accommodation for the mayor and despite the fact that Council never approved the rental agreement of the mayor’s house in Henry Schmidt Street, Kimberley,” said the party’s leader Andrew Louw. The party also went on to accuse Matika of being involved in numerous irregular activities, particularly ‘cutting corners’ for alleged associates.
“Matika ensured that his cronies, including Provincial Police Commissioner Rismati Shivuri, had access to cheap municipal land at the expense of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals (PDI’s), who are desperate for even,” Louw added. The party says it will resubmit evidence regarding Matika’s mayoral benefits to the Public Protector for further investigation. “Matika’s new appointment is an insult to the all the people of the Northern Cape and will do nothing to improve the dire state of unemployment, the horrifying state of crime and the pitiful state of health services in the province,” Louw concluded.