Local government and traditional affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane said that if any councillors in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro municipality believed that his contribution to the municipality was below par, they were free to argue their claims in a court of law.
Qoboshiyane was on Sunday evening speaking on a radio show hosted by Umhlobo Wenene FM current affairs presenter Mzukisi Solani when a heated debate about the state of affairs in the municipality erupted.
Qoboshiyane and some ANC councillors, including the opposition, are not seeing eye to eye regarding his department’s intervention in the metro. The councillors accuse Qoboshiyane of failing to rescue the metro from administrative problems.
In December 2011, Qoboshiyane invoked Section 154, which states that the national and provincial governments, by legislative and other measures, must support and strengthen the capacity of municipalities to manage their own affairs, to exercise their powers and to perform their functions.
Qoboshiyane is also accused by the ANC in the region of failing to permanently appoint a municipal manager. The metro has employed an acting municipal manager, Themba Hani, for about a year now. It was only recently that the metro advertised the position, but no appointment has yet been made.
Qoboshiyane said: “I am not the councillor of the Nelson Mandela Bay. My task is to provide support for it, not to appoint the individuals. Appointing a permanent municipal manager is the responsibility of the mayor.”
The DA, including some ANC councillors, have submitted a motion of no confidence in city mayor Zanoxolo Wayile, accusing him of incompetence.
The motion will be tabled for discussion on December 6 if considered by the council.