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FF Plus demands provincial intervention after irregular appointment of municipal manager in JB Marks

The FF Plus in the ANC-controlled JB Marks Local Municipality (Potchefstroom and Ventersdorp) demands an intervention by the provincial government after the irregular appointment of a new municipal manager in the Municipality.

The party sent an urgent letter about the matter to North West’s MEC for Cooperative Governance, Housing and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA), Nono Maloyi.

This follows the ratification of the appointment of the new Manager, Kgomotso Kumbe, during a municipal council meeting on Tuesday at the insistence of the ANC, the EFF and the Patriotic Alliance (PA). The FF Plus strongly objected to the appointment.

The appointment of Kumbe, who was already shrouded in controversy as the Municipality’s acting Chief Financial Officer, was characterised by procedural irregularities and allegations of irregularities.

The acting Municipal Manager, Sandile Tyatya, announced during the council meeting that he had filed criminal complaints against Kumbe with the police due to tender irregularities and a conflict of interests.

Kumbe was also at the steer of things with the irregular adoption of an unfunded budget for the Municipality last year.

During the meeting, the FF Plus demanded a division of votes so that the record can clearly show which councillors associate themselves with the irregularities.

The party pointed out to the ANC and other councillors that they will be held personally liable for supporting the irregularities in the Municipality.

It is a disgrace that the ANC and its supporters simply continue to irregularly appoint senior managers with a proven record of incompetence and irregularities in JB Marks, at the expense of residents.

The obvious decay in the Municipality, as a result of these malpractices, speaks for itself.

The communities of Potchefstroom and Ventersdorp have suffered at the hands of consecutive ANC administrations with their corruption and mismanagement for years.

The FF Plus will continue to apply pressure to restore professional governance in the Municipality. The residents of JB Marks deserve better than the ANC/EFF/PA alliance in the council.

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