Posts Tagged ‘kouga council meeting’

ANC fights against service delivery in Kouga

February 2, 2018

A council meeting held in the Jeffreys Bay Council Chamber on 25 January was totally disrupted by the ANC, leading to scuffles and the subsequent adjournment of the meeting.

Several important items were on the agenda, including the recommendation that Council implements a desalination programme in Kouga, leading to the inexorable conclusion that the ANC, the official opposition in Council, simply does not care if the taps run dry in the various towns in Kouga.

Day Zero for Hankey and Patensie is predicted to occur in March, while the rest of Kouga’s taps could run dry by September, so it is disconcerting to see politicians disrupt a Council meeting where desalination was an item on the agenda.

The Annual Financial Statements and the Annual Report of the Municipality, as well as the Auditor General’s report were all important items on the agenda that the ANC refused to debate.

The leader of the ANC, Cllr Dayimani made it clear that the ANC would not allow the Council meeting to continue as they were objecting about the agenda, which was a paperless agenda and according to him, not all Councillors had access to their agendas.

The Speaker of Council, Cllr Hendricks agreed that there had been teething problems with the paperless agenda but, according to the rules of Council, this could not invalidate the meeting.

Several of the ANC Councillors then became unruly and started speaking out of turn, which led the Speaker to adjourn the meeting for 10 minutes.

Upon the resumption of the meeting, the opposing party once again became unruly and started to verbally and physically target some of the DA Councillors. An attempt was even made to grab the cell phone of a DA Councillor who was taking pictures of the mayhem that was unfolding in the Council Chamber.

This prompted the Speaker of Council to once again adjourn the meeting and shift the meeting to another venue in St Francis Bay, which he is entitled to do, according to the rules of Council.

When the meeting eventually continued in St Francis Bay, the unqualified audit report, as well as the other statutory reports were adopted by the majority of Council, which excluded the ANC.

Council also approved the appointment of a consultant to lead the Municipality through the process of bringing desalinated water onstream to augment the dwindling supply of surface water available to residents of Kouga.

Bizarre Council meeting held in Jeffreys Bay

August 6, 2015

In what can only be described as a bizarre Special Council meeting, no fewer than seven of only ten items from the agenda were withdrawn when the Kouga Council met in Jeffreys Bay on August 3.

Chimpie Cawood, the DA caucus leader in the Kouga.

Chimpie Cawood, the DA caucus leader in the Kouga.

Of particular concern to the DA, was the withdrawal of two items that were to deal with the illegal use of a Council vehicle and petrol card for a period of nearly eight months by the Speaker, councillor Magdalene Dhlomo, as well as the use of Council property, also by the Speaker.

However, after Dhlomo recused herself from the meeting, the chair was irregularly occupied by another ANC councillor, Vernon Stuurman.

Stuurman proclaimed that as there was no prepared written material to table and discuss the matter under the two items in question and abruptly adjourned the meeting. Both items were clearly indicated on the agenda in the confidential section.

“The DA stands for good governance and we will not tolerate the attempt by the ANC to sweep the concerns regarding Dhlomo under the carpet,” said the caucus leader of the DA in Kouga, Chimpie Cawood.

According to Cawood, he will insist that the mandatory Code of Conduct for Councillors, that states: “A councillor may not use, take, acquire or benefit from any property or asset owned, controlled or managed by the municipality to which that councillor has no right”, must be adhered to.

“We have had a response from the MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, who has undertaken to investigate the matter of Dhlomo’s use of a council vehicle as a matter of urgency. We await the findings of this investigation,” said Cawood.

Source: News 24

Council meeting ends in disarray

September 2, 2013

The meeting of the Kouga Council last Friday eventually had to be adjourned after the ANC Councillors took an extended caucus and simply took their time to return to the Council chambers.

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The most important items on the agenda were not discussed after the ANC withdrew the tabling of the draft Annual Report from the agenda.

The DA also objected to the tabling of the Gobodo Report, the KPMG Report and the report from the Public Protector as these items had not been handed to the Councillors prior to the meeting, according to the rules of the Kouga Council.

Councillor Nico Botha argued that it was impossible for the Council to properly apply their minds to the reports as they had never been handed out to the Councillors.

Earlier in the meeting, the Speaker of the Council Magdalena Dlhomo accused MP Elza Van Lingen of illegally recording the meeting.

When asked to supply proof of her allegation, the Speaker proceeded to lecture the members of the public that they will be removed from the Council Chambers if they record meetings, despite not producing any proof to back up her allegation.

ANC Councillor Vernon Stuurman also tabled a motion of exigency, in which he requested a investigation to conducted as he believed confidential information had been supplied to MP Van Lingen in February 2012.

The motion was then withdrawn and apparently the “investigation” will be an item on the agenda at the next Council meeting.

Kouga Council meeting today

August 30, 2013

There will be a ordinary meeting today in Jeffreys Bay of the full Kouga Council.

The agenda of the meeting was once again received late by the DA Councillors, many of whom  were only given the draft Annual Report yesterday morning.

This document is one of the most important a Councillor will debate during the year and it is impossible to properly apply one’s mind when a 250 page document is supplied late.

In addition, other important documents have still not been received prior to the Council meeting, namely the long outstanding KPMG report, the Gobodo Report and the Public Protector Investigation. All these appear as items on the agenda, but no documentation has been included with the agenda.

The Kouga Democrat will report back on the Council meeting later today.