The ANC’s abuse of public funds for the by-elections in Kouga must be stopped immediately.
It has become evident that all the community halls in Arcadia in Humansdorp and in Hankey are booked for municipal events prior to the by-elections by ANC Councillors. Upon investigation it was revealed that the Kouga mayor Cllr Booi Koerat, who is also a candidate in Ward 5, has made the following reservations:
- Monday 18 Nov. Kruisfontein Civic – Ward 5 (Humansdorp)
- Wednesday 20 Nov. Vusumzi Landu Hall – Ward 9 (Hankey)
- Thursday 20 Nov. Vusumzi Landu Hall – Ward 9 (Hankey)
- Friday 22 Nov. Kruisfontein Civic – Ward 5 (Humansdorp)
- Sunday 24 Nov. Vusumzi Landu Hall – Ward 9 (Hankey)
For many months no mayoral outreaches were held and suddenly only wards 5 and 9 are being targeted for these events on the eve of the mayor’s personal interest in the elections. This is an abuse of power and resources.
LED workshops for Kruisfontein were scheduled from 19 – 22 November 2013 at the Kruisfontein Civic Centre in Ward 5 (Humansdorp). And Cllr Vernon Stuurman has booked one of the community halls for a meeting.
The Democratic Alliance submitted all our events to the Kouga Municipality’s Events Committee, the SAPS Provincial Disaster Management Unit and we have had communications with Brigadier Neil Jantjies, the local SAPS Cluster Commander and Captain Demingo of the special unit for Crime Prevention and public events to ensure free and fair elections. Every municipal venue that we have booked for our events we paid for to secure the reservation. However, according to Eksteen de Lange of Community Services, councillors may reserve venues free of charge for any date and for any event they like. That rule does not apply during elections. If the DA has to pay, so must the ANC.
Needless to say the ANC has not complied with the aforementioned regulations and there are serious transgressions reported to the IEC and cases opened with SAPS.
The DA calls on Mayor Koerat to take leave while he is canvassing as the ANC ward candidate for Ward 5 and that he parks his Kouga vehicle at his office and use his own transport in the elections.
Kouga is in the red and now Mayor Koerat’s candidature is the last nail in the coffin. It is such a disgrace.
Dr Chimpie Cawood
(DA Caucus Leader Kouga)
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