The hope for locals in Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality to have their new mayor announced was tainted when the council failed to elect the new leader. The mayoral position had been vacant since the resignation of former mayor Johannes Phokane. He resigned on December 12 after he was fired by the Limpopo ANC for his alleged involvement in the VBS saga.
The municipality’s council set on Tuesday with many expecting the new name to be revealed but it was not to be. During the meeting, ANC councillor, Victor Mahlake tabled a proposal for the council to elect the chairperson of the council instead of the mayor.
The opposition parties indicated that a permanent mayor should be appointed not a chairperson. They highlighted that according to the municipal act, if the mayoral position is vacant, they must elect a new one not a chairperson.
“During December 2018 the office of the Speaker received resignation from one of the member of the executive committee councilor Phokane MJ who resigned as member of the executive and chairperson of council. We should note that the executive committee is one of the principal committees it is the responsibility of the municipal council to fill the vacancies that exist,” said the members of the opposition.
The meeting was deferred to Friday as it looked like the ANC councillors were unsure on who to support for the mayoral seat. Rumours of factionalism within the party were spread after the council meeting.
Meanwhile opposition parties and locals said they were concerned with the municipality running without a mayor.
“Services have stalled in the municipality. The vacant post has to be filled as soon as possible. We cannot allow ANC factions to derail the development of Fetakgomo Tubatse,” said members of the opposition