A Special Council meeting has been called for the 29 June with the appointment of senior directors in Kouga Municipality featuring on the agenda.
The DA will oppose the appointments due to proper procedures not being followed.
The Municipal Systems Act is clear that the appointments of Section 56 and 57 managers (senior officials) must be approved by a “municipal council” and not by a mayoral committee – as has been the case in Kouga Municipality.
Furthermore, the Municipal Manager has the final signature for letters of appointment for people who will be directly accountable to him as the accounting officer.
In this case, it was in fact the Kouga mayor, Cllr Booi Koerat, who unlawfully signed the letters of appointment. The letters were forwarded to the “successful applicants” on Friday 18 June 2012.
Kouga Democrat will keep all our supporters updated regarding this very serious issue.