Unlawfully appointed, court ruled

Lebowakgomo

According to the Polokwane high court the appointment of the current Lepelle Nkumpi local municipality mayor, Meriam Molala, was unlawful and invalid.

Mayor Molala was deployed last year on August, taking over from Maria Ramoloko who was acting mayor at the time.

Former acting mayor Ramoloko took over after African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo fired Naledi Sibanda and other seven mayors over VBS mutual bank scandal.

The reports allege Sibanda has invested more than R153 million in the VaVhenda collapsed bank.

Previously the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo has failed to challenge the decision of appointing Molala. The party alleged the mayor is a well-known financial delinquent who flouts policies. 

The 3rd majority party in the province also alleged that Molala while she was the acting mayor in Mogalakwena local municipality, she authorised R67 000 to Mayor Andrina Matsemela to spend a staggering for three days in Cape Town.

Not only was that but Molala also implicated in the Gobodo forensic and investigative report whilst she was still the municipal manager for the Capricorn district.

This report raised issue with chronic supply chain management and procumbent irregularities with regard to the appointment of service providers.

Lehlaga Mphahlele, Member of the ANC Hillary Mahlatjie branch in Lebowakgomo who lodged the matter to court has welcomed the ruling.

Mphahlele argued that current mayor was not on the list which contained candidates elected by branches and endorsed by the regional, provincial and national leadership.

And the court has ordered that Mphahlele be recognised as the next candidate on the election list. However, Mphahlele said although this may fuel factions within the ANC, leaders who do not follow processes are responsible for the party’s divisions.

Donald Selamolela, provincial spokesperson for the party, said the matter is sub judice and the party would not want to be drawn into commenting on the merits of the case, but could only explain that Molala was an ANC candidate in the municipality.

The party has since filed court papers challenging the Polokwane high court ruling, which set aside the appointment of Molala as the mayor.

Thapelo Motseo

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