The DA believes that the recent appointment of Metro Police Chief, Pinky Mathabathe, by the Executive Mayor, Benson Fihla, is illegal and nothing more than another political appointee to our over politicized administration.
The DA supports the formation of a Metro Police Unit that is constituted legally and which is budgeted for appropriately. In Nelson Mandela Bay no position exists on our organogram for a police chief nor is there a budget allocated to pay her salary. Only Council has the authority to approve the appointment of the Metro Police Chief, yet the Mayor sees fit to override Council and dig further into the coffers of the municipality.
Furthermore the Police Act requires the establishment of a metro police unit before the appointment of a police chief. The municipality has not complied and this is therefore an appointment that is doomed to fail.
The arrogance of this illegal appointment is a symptom of Jacob Zuma’s ANC where the cancerous culture of corruption and cadre deployment thrives while we the people suffer.
I will be writing to the MEC of Local Government requesting his intervention in the same manner he intervened in the appointment of Mr. Nair as CFO.
We were right about Mr. Nair and we are right the appointment of the Metro Police Chief.
If Nelson Mandela Bay is going to become a winning city that creates jobs and delivers services we must appoint the right people to bring stability to our Metro. It is now clear that this will only happen when the DA governs in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Marshall von Buchenroder
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