Greedy tenderprenuers behind suspension of East London Municipal Manager: SACP


The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday said that it has noted the suspension of the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality's (BCMM) City Manager, Andile Fani, with great concern.

"We have observed how he has been pursued for more than two years for his only crime to stabilise the Municipality, whose improvement since his arrival has been recognised by both the Auditor General (AG) and the Department of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA). The financial position of the municipality and capital expenditure has improved over the years," said SACP Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson, Siyabonga Mdodi, in a statement.

He said that the SACP in the Eastern Cape was aware that "at the heart of this perpetual witch-hunt is a syndicate determined to loot the municipality and highjack the African National Congress (ANC) for achievement of their selfish ends".

"It is in this context that we are calling upon the workers to be calm and not enter into illegal activities that may lead them into victimisation if they fail to follow due processes for any disputes. The workers and the people as a whole must exercise vigilance as the syndicate will gravitate towards brutality, if not already there," Mdodi said.

"We equally know as the SACP that the people and the truth are on our side for we have always been on their side. We have warned more than a year ago of the dangers of the efforts by greedy and ruthless tenderpreneurs masquerading as the ANC to capture the institution for their conspicuous consumption and crass materialism."

Mdodi said that it is worth noting that the city still has vacancies of Executive Directors in critical service delivery areas due to blatant interference "that knows no boundaries let alone the concern for the people".

"Their only interest has always been filling their pockets at all cost. 

"We commit ourselves to work with all progressive forces to defeat this agenda as it pose a danger to all our alliance formations. The worst result of this ugly agenda is the delay in providing services to the people as all energies are focused on one individual for executing his duties as an Accounting Officer," he said.

"We call for the unity of the people and the workers in BCMM with the full knowledge that victory will always be on the side of unified people."