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DA calls for Auditor-General to urgently investigate alleged corruption in Nelson Mandela Bay

September 21, 2018

Yesterday, 20 September 2018, I requested the Auditor-General (AG), Kimi Makwetu, to urgently investigate allegations of corruption levelled against me during my tenure as Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

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These allegations were made in a letter written by Mr Bantu Holomisa, president of the UDM, to the Auditor General on 24 October 2017. The same allegations were also levelled against Mr Johann Mettler, Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager.

Mr Holomisa requested the AG’s intervention in various matters regarding PWC’S forensic investigations into alleged irregular payments and the employment of litter pickers. Mr Holomisa also recently wrote an open public letter to the AG, making a range of sweeping allegations of corruption against myself and Mr Mettler.

I have written to the AG and implored him, as a matter of public importance, to urgently proceed with the requested investigation. I have also committed myself and my former employees in the mayoral office to cooperate fully in such an investigation.

If the AG goes ahead with this investigation, he will have to arrange access to the Public Health Standing Committee reports in relation to litter pickers and EPWP appointments, the MPAC report related to these matters as well as the final PWC reports. The other important report in this regard is the draft report compiled by Deloitte about the IPTS corruption saga.

I have undertaken to provide the AG with all the available correspondence, documentation and evidence that I have at my disposal.

Furthermore, I also advised Mr Makwetu that more evidence is coming to light with regard to corruption linked to some of the contracts that were stopped after my election as Mayor.
This evidence is crucial in linking certain individuals directly to corrupt dealings.

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Municipal offices to close early today

April 23, 2018

The Kouga Municipal offices will close at 1 p.m today (23 April) to allow staff to attend the memorial service of our late Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen which will take place at 2 p.m.

The memorial service will take place at Mentors Kraal on the outskirts of Jeffreys Bay and is open to the public to attend. All our DA family are welcome to attend.

Van Lingen passed away last Thursday after a long fight with cancer.

She became Mayor of Kouga after the DA won the local government election in 2016.

Maimane confronts ‘puppet’ allegations head on

April 9, 2018

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane confronted racist remarks, alleging that he is not in control of the DA and merely a puppet at the DA National Congress in Pretoria yesterday.

“They even say that I am a puppet of white people and, if we win an election, I will be replaced by a white person.

The truth is that I will never be black enough for them. Because they don’t want black people to think for themselves.

They want black people to remain trapped in the politics of race because this is what keeps the ANC in power,” said Maimane.

He criticized the ANC’s fear of a new generation of black leaders who would reject the ANC’s own nationalism and think differently.

Maimane stressed further that his blackness does not add or subtract from his humanity or define him.

He calls for a new agenda for African liberalism that prioritises social welfare and grows the economy in order to lift the majority of South Africans out of poverty.

 

Council to meet monthly with Eskom about Thyspunt

November 28, 2016

Following a successful joint meeting, the new Kouga Council and Eskom have agreed to meet monthly to share information and key milestones on the proposed nuclear development at Thyspunt.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality met with senior management from Eskom last week to improve communication between the power utility and Council around Thyspunt. The Eskom delegation was led by Nuclear Programme Director Loyiso Tyabashe.

Thyspunt is the preferred site for a proposed Nuclear Power Station

Thyspunt is the preferred site for a proposed Nuclear Power Station

“The proposed nuclear plant at Thyspunt is probably the biggest development Kouga will ever see, should it receive the go-ahead,” she said.

“Kouga and its people cannot be caught unprepared should this happen. The impact it will have on our communities is massive and cannot be taken lightly. Everyone needs to be fully informed as to where we are and where we are going.”

Eskom’s Nuclear Programme Director Loyiso Tyabashe said: “We are encouraged by the success of this engagement with the Kouga Municipality. Such partnership will enable us to take key stakeholders with us through the journey and help us understand the needs and capacity of the municipality as we await a decision on the project.”

The Mayor emphasized that “the new Council is not against nuclear power per se, but there is no way that we are going to allow Kouga’s people to be disadvantaged by whatever development takes place in our region.”

“Our infrastructure, be it water and sewer or healthcare services, is nowhere near ready for the impact a development of this nature will have on our area,” she cautioned.

Tyabashe said it was important to note that Eskom will work with Kouga Municipality and other key stakeholders to address infrastructural needs so as to get the municipality ready to host the project.

“We want to ensure that we have a commitment from all roleplayers, including other government sectors, to address these shortcomings should the development get the go-ahead. Eskom will support whatever is deemed necessary and appropriate to ensure that the project succeeds,” added Tyabashe.

The Mayor said she was pleased with the outcomes of the new Council’s engagements with Eskom.

“Eskom committed to being transparent and acknowledged that Kouga has an important role to play in all processes regarding Thyspunt.”

She said the Council wanted to encourage all residents and affected parties to take an active interest in the proposed nuclear development and to participate in meetings, hearings and structures intended to facilitate public participation.

Tyabashe concurred, indicating that it was just as important for Eskom that all interested and affected parties had their say in the process leading to the approval and delivery of the project.

“We have followed the process set out by the National Nuclear Regulator and international best practice to ensure that we do not leave key stakeholders outside in the process of getting approvals for the project.”

The new Council and Eskom committed to ensure that Kouga Municipality and its people do not miss on opportunities that would be presented by this nuclear project should it proceed. The next meeting is planned for December and decisions will be communicated to the people of Kouga.

Power cuts to Tokyo Sexwale tomorrow

June 22, 2016

The power to Tokyo Sexwale and the adjacent sections of Pellsrus will be switched off this Thursday, 23 June, from 8am to 4pm.

The shutdown is necessary to connect a new electrical line to the network.

“We don’t anticipate the power being off for the whole period but it is difficult to predict exactly how long the work will take,” said the Kouga Municipality in a statement.

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Water For Votes Scandal: DA requests urgent investigation

June 13, 2016

The DA will request an investigation into allegations that the ANC administration in Pietermaritzburg deliberately cut off the water supply so they could roll out water tankers to make it appear as though they are a responsive government which delivers services.

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This abusive conduct manipulates the most vulnerable people in South Africa.

Again, the ANC has been revealed as an organization that governs like black lives do not matter.

This is also flagrant abuse of the constitutionally guaranteed right to access to water and we contend that this amounts to a gross abuse of state resources.

This is just the latest example of how the ANC has changed. The ANC is more interested in capturing state resources than looking after vulnerable communities.

It is clear that the ANC would rather further inconvenience the poor, who are riddled with joblessness, rising food prices and the worst recorded drought in over a century, by depriving them of water before swooping in to “save the day”.

On August 3, South Africans have a chance to vote for change by voting for a party that will ensure proper service delivery and ensure the protection of the poor and vulnerable.

This is the change that will move South Africa forward again.

Lets turn Kouga blue

June 1, 2016

Today marks the 9 week countdown until the most important election in South African history and each and every one of you will be playing a vital role in the success of this election.

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One of the most powerful ways for us to show our force to this nation is by standing together and painting it as BLUE as possible.

Today will be our second BLUE Wednesday leading up to Election Day on Wednesday, 3 August 2016.

We would like to strongly encourage you to make every corner of Kouga as BLUE as possible every Wednesday leading up to this year’s Local Government Election.

Motivating voters and spreading the DA’s message in volume and over time. Spread the word, excite your family, friends and ANY- and EVERYBODY you know!

We would like to encourage every single DA public representative, staff member, activist and supporter to wear blue on Wednesdays and literally “paint the Kouga blue”.

Know Your DA – we helped expose the truth about Steve Biko

February 26, 2016

Helen Zille helped to show the world the truth about Apartheid.

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In 1977, working as a reporter at the Rand Daily Mail, Helen exposed the truth behind Steve Biko’s death.

As a result of this, she was prosecuted and found guilty by the Apartheid Press Council.

A prominent member of the Black Sash, Helen Zille had to go into hiding as a result of concealing ANC activists at her home during the 1986 state of emergency.

President lives on ‘Planet Zuma’ – Maimane

February 16, 2016

President Jacob Zuma lives on his own planet in a galaxy, “far, far, away” from the people, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday.

He said that last week while razor wire was being put around Parliament ahead of President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), and stun grenades were being used to disperse protesters, the president was “tucked safely away, somewhere on Planet Zuma”.

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“Planet Zuma is a place in a parallel universe, far, far away from the lives of ordinary South Africans,” said Maimane.

On a roll, with people clapping hands, and whistles of approval from the opposition benches, Maimane said this was a planet where a president could replace an excellent finance minister with a backbencher nobody knew and where an international fugitive wanted for genocide was given refuge.

Protesting students were called a “third force” and charged with treason, and mineworkers were “massacred by police” without an apology or compensation for their familiess.

Maimane was speaking during the debate over Zuma’s address and was given the second longest time slot after the majority African National Congress.

During last Thursday’s speech, Maimane said the country learnt that on “Planet Zuma” all children had access to a quality education and that there was no jobs crisis – because Zuma never touched on this during his address.

Even his own Cabinet members winced as he laboured through his speech, said Maimane.”Madam Speaker, the president lived up to our expectations on Thursday.

>We expected to hear the empty words of a man out of touch with the people. And that is exactly what we got.”Maimane said they knew what to expect, but stayed till the end out of respect for the Constitution.

“But we did not come out of respect for Jacob Zuma,” he said to applause, while some ANC MPs started muttering and waving their hands dismissively.But not all poo-pooed him – many watched him carefully.

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In a seat near Maimane, Zuma chewed on something, and slumped to the side in his seat.”Madam Speaker, Jacob Zuma is not an honourable man. Because, if he was an honourable man, he would do the honourable thing and resign.”

Speaker Baleka Mbete asked him not to use disrespectful language, but Maimane said it was difficult to do so following the advice his own counsel had given him in the past.

He said: “Planet Zuma’s gravitational pull is so strong that the entire ANC has been sucked into its orbit.”

“The party that was once the defender of freedom, has now become the defender of just one man.”

“Every member on this side knows the damage that this man is doing to this country and their party. But not one of you, not one of you, has the guts to speak up about what has happened.

“You should be ashamed,” he said. Maimane then touched on the recent Constitutional Court case where Zuma’s lawyer said he would finally follow Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendations that he pay back money owed for upgrades to his home at Nkandla.

“After all those years of stalling, lying, ducking and diving, it took the Court just hours to unravel your web of defiance and deceit,” he said.Mbete chided Maimane for touching on a court case that had not been pronounced on yet, but Maimane said whatever Zuma paid, would be nothing compared to what South Africans had already paid.

He said Zuma governed as though black lives did not matter and wanted to know how he lived with his conscience.Maimane said that in the DA-run City of Cape Town, the government focused on getting the fundamentals right and lives were being improved.

He listed the achievements of the DA-led government in the Western Cape and laid out some of the DA’s plans.To a standing ovation, he said: “We need a President who puts the people first, and himself last. You, sir, are not that President.”

 

DA to lay charges against Beaufort West mayor

January 27, 2016

The DA will lay criminal charges against Beaufort West mayor Truman Prince accusing him of “blatant” corruption.

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The opposition party was in possession of a letter in which it claims Prince requested that an ANC-aligned company be given preference for a tender in exchange for a donation to the ruling party’s election campaign.

DA national spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme said the party would lay the charges on Thursday.

“This investigation will hopefully also ascertain whether the Beaufort West municipality has been subject to other instances of corruption like this during the tenure of mayor Truman Prince.

“If the ANC is truly committed to rooting out corruption as it claims it is, it will remove Truman Prince as mayor of Beaufort West pending the outcome of a full investigation,”  she said.

In the letter Prince wrote: “We are an ANC-led municipality, we are therefore in need of financial injection for our 2016 Local Government Election campaign and therefore will also want to see construction companies sympathetic and having a relationship with the ANC to benefit, in order for these companies to inject funds in our election campaign process.”

It concerned the building of a skills development and trade test centre in Beaufort West.