From five to four

THABAZIMBI – The MEC of Co-Operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, MS Lekganyane, send out a notice to all Limpopo Municipalities to restructure their Executive Committee in order to comply with the National Act of the Local Government Municipal Structures.

The Act, Act 117 of 1998 Section 43 (1), states that if the council of a municipality establishes an Executive Committee, it must elect a number of councillors necessary for effective and efficient government, provided that no more than 20% of elected councillors or 10 councillors, whichever is the least, are elected.

Section 43 (2) provides that an Executive Committee must be composed in such a way that parties and interests represented in the municipal council are represented in the executive committee in substantially the same proportion they are represented in council.

The Democratic Alliance submitted a complaint to the MEC, Cllr Lekganyane, stating that legal action against affected municipalities is now imminent.

Thabazimbi Municipality’s Executive Committee structure is one of the municipalities whose structure doesn’t comply with the Act.

The MEC instructed the municipalities to rectify the composition of their Executive Committees to ensure that they comply with section 43 (1) and (2) by no later than 8 February 2012. The MEC said that any failure to do so will expose the municipality to legal action which can and should be avoided at all costs.

Thabazimbi Municipality’s Executive Committee (Exco) members of five, should therefore only be four.

Currently the members of the Exco are: Mayor Patricia Allettah Mosito – Chairperson of Executive Committee (ANC), Cllr Sylvia Gaonyadiwe Matsietsa – Chairperson of Finance Committee (ANC), Cllr John Michael Fischer – Chairperson of Social Services (ANC), Cllr Bertie Joubert – Chairperson of Economic and Planning (DA) and Cllr Themba Mkansi – Chairperson of Infrastructure and Technical Services (ANC).

Thabazimbi Municipality’s Exco has not yet set a date for a meeting, although this matter is a high priority on their agenda.