The African National Congress (ANC) in North West province has made headlines recently for its decision to fire the Rustenburg council speaker and demand the resignation of councillors in 14 wards. The move comes as part of the ANC’s efforts to clean up local government and improve service delivery in the province.
The ANC’s decision to fire the Rustenburg council speaker, Sheila, was taken after a motion of no confidence was tabled against her by the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The ANC had initially supported Sheila, but after allegations of corruption and maladministration were leveled against her, the party decided to withdraw its support and vote in favor of the motion.
Following Mabale-Huma’s dismissal, the ANC’s Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) issued a statement calling for the resignation of councillors in 14 wards in the Rustenburg Local Municipality. The PEC cited poor performance, lack of accountability, and failure to deliver services to the community as the reasons for the demand.
Regardless of the motivations behind the decision, the demand for councillors to resign highlights the challenges facing local government in South Africa. The country’s municipalities have long been plagued by corruption, mismanagement, and poor service delivery, with many residents living in substandard conditions and lacking access to basic services like water and electricity.
🏛🗳 #ANC in North West fires Rustenburg council speaker and demands councillors in 14 wards to resign.
Get the details here ⬇️https://t.co/ubO37Z1PwJ
— The Citizen News (@TheCitizen_News) May 10, 2023
The ANC’s decision to take action against underperforming councillors is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to address the root causes of the problem.
In the meantime, the ANC’s move to fire the Rustenburg council speaker and demand the resignation of councillors in 14 wards sends a strong message that elected officials will be held accountable for their actions. Whether this will lead to real change on the ground remains to be seen, but it is a positive step towards building a more responsive and accountable local government in North West province and beyond.
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