Freedom Front Plus
Freedom Front Plus

Mogale City Speaker convenes a special council meeting to approve salary increases while the poor are starving

The FF Plus is shocked by the actions of the Speaker of the Mogale City Local Municipality (Krugersdorp, Magaliesburg, Muldersdrift), Ms Noluthando Mangole, who, despite the national state of disaster, wants to convene more than 77 councillors and other officials on Thursday morning to participate in a special council meeting to discuss the salary increases of councillors.

Mangole's actions are utterly irresponsible while the rest of the country is expected to comply with the regulations that were announced in terms of the Disaster Management Act. She has not announced any measures whereby she will ensure the safety of councillors. Councillors were merely asked to arrive early at the Centenary Hall in Krugersdorp, where city council meetings are traditionally held, so that Covid-19 regulations can be followed.

The second item for discussion on the agenda is the election of a chairperson for the Public Municipal Accounts Committee after Bongani Nkosi from the IFP was appointed as a member of the Mayoral Committee.

The FF Plus is not opposed to the fact that city councils must keep functioning during the period of lockdown, but the national regulations must be adhered to. Virtual meetings are now a common occurrence and technology is being successfully utilised on both national and provincial levels.

It is extremely insensitive to place matters such as salary increases and the election of a new chairperson for a committee on the agenda in a time when people are starving and many have lost their jobs.

The party would prefer to see Mangole reach out a helping hand to small and medium-sized enterprises to offer support to businesspeople in a time when many were forced to close their doors. Many enterprises have not yet been allowed to reopen and as a result, the possibility exists that they may have to close down permanently.

The FF Plus will ask Mangole to announce beforehand how the Covid-19 regulations concerning hygiene will be implemented during the meeting.

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