The Democratic Alliance condemns the Amahlathi Local Municipality’s decision to unlawfully appoint a full-time Chief Whip and Chairperson of Municipal Public Accounts Committee, on full-time councillor pay, despite the law disallowing these appointments. The unlawfulness has been confirmed in writing by the MEC of Local Government and Traditional Affairs Fixile Xasa.
We have therefore written to the Amahlathi Speaker, Nokuzola Mlahleki, to immediately overturn these unlawful appointments which the ANC forced through Council. The DA registered opposition to these appointments.
Recent demarcation changes have resulted in the Amahlathi Municipality scaling down from 40 to 30 seats, which means that the municipality can no longer in law have a full-time Whip and MPAC Chair.
To date the unlawfully appointed MPAC chairperson is still appointed as a full-time councillor taking home full-time councillor pay.
The DA will also write MEC Xasa to investigate the decision of the Municipality to stubbornly ignore his determination of unlawfulness, and to identify wrongdoing on the part of the ANC councillors involved.
We also believe that unauthorised full-time remuneration has accrued to the unlawfully appointed councillors, and we will press for the full repayment of all excess monies paid outside of the law.
Amahlathi Local Municipality PR Councillor
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