Left: MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs China Dodovu and Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Richard Baloyi during their meeting with the Madibeng council in Brits last week.
Madibeng Local Municipality will be under administration pending the investigations into allegations of fraud and corruption within the municipality are investigated, North West Provincial Executive Council (Exco) resolved in a special meeting held with the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Richard Baloyi in Mahikeng yesterday.
MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, China Dodovu says that his department will proceed with deployment of an administrator and technical team as part of the Implementation of provincial intervention in accordance with Section 139(i) (b) of the constitution.
“The process as adopted by Exco was put on hold pending consultations and engagements with Minister Baloyi.
The Minister is to expedite the appointment of a team from his office to expedite investigation into fraud and corruption that amongst others cover, reinstatement of dismissed municipal manager, termination of Gobodo mandate; termination of De Swartdt Vogel Myambo Attorneys mandate and failure to pay them and fraudulent activities in supply chain management.”
The high-powered team is expected to conclude its investigation within the next three weeks.
“The two processes will run concurrently in the spirit of promoting cooperative governance and sound intergovernmental relations within and across all spheres of government. The Department and the provincial government will cooperate with the Minister during the process because all spheres of government have a responsibility to promote good governance based on trust and mutual respect, support and cooperation within the framework of the laws of the country,” Dodovu said.
The municipality has taken the provincial government concerning the Madibeng Matter to court on two grounds: first ,for an interim interdict against the execution of the intervention decision; and second, for the review of the decision to invoke section 139(1)(b) intervention.
The court dismissed the interdict application and the substantive review application is still pending.
Minister Baloyi and MEC Dodovu met with the Madibeng council last Friday following two weeks of uncertainty as to the municipality’s fate.
The MEC announced the intervention in Brits on 28 June, but the municipality brought an urgent application against the intervention before the High Court.
This week the Bojanala ANC youth league expressed its support for the intervention. In a statement issued on Tuesday the ANCYL called for the immediate removal of Madibeng mayor Poppy Magongwa .
“The ANC Youth League has observed how the municipality is a playground for tender fraud and corruption. We have also observed how serious investigations of corruption are interfered with, for political convenience,” the statement said.
“We further welcome the Intervention of North West Provincial Government in terms of invoking Section 139 (1)b in our municipality. which continue to be undermined and ignored by the political leadership of the municipality.”