DA considers legal action over appointment of new Makana Mayor

AUGUST 31, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the struggling Makana Local Municipality on Sunday announced that it is considering legal action against the Grahamstown-based municipality's council after "the Speaker ignored the law in order to appointment the new Mayor last Friday".

"The DA walked out of Friday’s Special Council meeting in protest after the Speaker of the Council, Rachel Madinda Isaacs, ignored provisions of the Municipal Structures Act and allowed the 'election' of Cllr Nomhle Gaga to proceed without a secret ballot," Cllr Les Reynolds, from the DA Makana Caucus, said in a statement.

"This irregular process casts doubts over the legality of Cllr Gaga’s appointment as Mayor. The DA will not partake in proceedings where the law is treated with such contempt.

"The Speaker ignored the advice of the acting Municipal Manager who confirmed that a secret ballot must be held when there is more than one nomination, according to the law."

Reynolds said that two names were put forward for the vacant Mayorship - his name and that of Gaga (of the African National Congress).

"It is clear that the ANC were terrified that their very own councillors would vote for a DA Mayor. Why else would they not allow a secret ballot?

"These proceedings took place following the resignation of disgraced former Mayor, Zamuxolo Peter on Thursday. Cllr Peter’s tenure as Executive Mayor was marked by turmoil and instability in the Makana Municipality," Reynolds said.

"The DA will now seek legal advice to ensure that the Makana Council follows the law. We believe that the decision to appoint the new Mayor should be set aside and the process reconvened.

"We believe that change is coming to Makana, change that will bring freedom, fairness and opportunity to residents of the municipality."

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