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DA wants MEC Xasa to force Senqu Municipality to fire its Municipal Manager

Nov 21, 2017
DA wants MEC Xasa to force Senqu Municipality to fire its Municipal Manager

The Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperate Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Fikile Xasa must instruct the Council at the Senqu Municipality to release the Municipal Manager, Mxolisi Yawa, from his duties, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has appealed.

The Senqu Municipality is located in the centre of the Joe Gqabi District Municipality and includes the towns of Lady Grey, Barkley East and Sterkspruit.

"Mxolisi Yawa and former Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chris Venter, were convicted of contravening Section 61 (1)(a), Section 61(2)(a)(b) of the Municipal Financial Management Act (MFMA), which relates to their responsibilities as well as Section 171(1)(c) and Section 171(2)(c) of the MFMA relating to financial misconduct," said Chantel King the DA's Ukahlamba Constituency Leader.

"Mxolisi Yawa was found guilty of fraud in 2013, but still remained in his position of MM.

"The trend of not holding municipal officials to account has become second nature in ANC-run municipalities, where these fraudsters are placed in higher prominent positions."

King said that the DA is against fraud and corruption and is declaring war on fraudsters in all municipalities.

"In DA-led municipalities, corruption and fraud is not tolerated and those found engaging in corrupt activities are held accountable.

"Defrauding municipalities, especially by senior managers, is denying communities the right to quality service delivery and also of an opportunity to attract much needed investment, which could alleviate the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality," she added.

"The DA calls on MEC Xasa and Senqu Municipality to hold the MM and former CFO accountable for their actions by recovering these funds from them and instructing the dismissal of Municipal Manager, Mxolisi Yawa."