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MODIMOLLE- Besides all the drama at the Council Chambers on Wednesday afternoon, The 9th Council Special Meeting of Modimolle Municipality ended with the Speaker Aaron Sebolai’s deciding vote in favour of Mrs Thembisile Mathabatha and Mr Ndivhuho Sikhwivhilu being hired on a 5 year fixed term as Chief Financial Officer and Technical Services Manager respectively, effectively with immediate effect.

After Chief Whip Grace Mashitisho’s recommendation that the two be hired by the municipality, the council was divided into two after 16 councillors voted equally for opposing motions. Cllr Wiets Botes, who abstained from voting, could have decided the fate with his vote. Speaker Sebolai then exercised his right as the chairperson of the council to support the motion to hire the two on a five year fixed term. The two would now assume their roles as from tomorrow, 1 April 2012. Mashitisho revealed that the duo is expected to sign performance based contracts with the municipal manager Mr Khupa Lekala within 60 days.
Drama unfolded moments before the council was dismissed when other councillors challenged the motion to hire Mr Sikhwivhilu because he was “on suspension”. Speaker Sebolai dismissed it as irrelevant. DA Cllr Lourens van Awagen took it upon himself backing up his argument against the appointment of Sikhwivhilu by referring to a Sowetan report. Van Awagen was interrupted by the Speaker who dismissed any evidence based on media reports. A good 5 minutes went by as Awagen and Speaker Sebolai were locked in a dialogue as the former insisted on giving his own argument without his right to speak being infringed upon.
Earlier, the council was rattled by what Speaker Sebolai called “blatant incompetency” after it came to light that the budget was not in order: “we can’t approve the budget because it does not speak to the needs of the people we represent.” When Cllr Mashaba reminded the house that by law the budget must be ready by 15 April 2012, it was then realized that time was not a friend anymore. Continued Cllr Mashaba: “if it’s not submitted by the 15th, we might as well prepare for the municipality to be put under administration.” Cllr Jim Maropone gave an ultimatum which was seconded by the house: “we are giving the management 5 days to present us with a credible budget.” Sebolai summed it up by saying the management is given 5 consecutive days to get its house in order.


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Last Updated ( Monday, 02 April 2012 16:51 )