THE ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Giyani sub-region of Limpopo has called for the immediate removal of Mayor Pat Hlungwani and Council Speaker Sasavona Mathebula.
Sub-regional secretary Nyiko Bembani has accused the duo of misleading the council and frustrating attempts to appoint a permanent municipal manager for factional reasons.
This came after a special council meeting called to pass a motion for the appointment of an acting municipal manager descended into chaos and divided the ANC caucus.
A faction led by Mathebula boycotted the meeting which eventually failed to reach a quorum.
Bembani accused Hlungwani and Mathebula of pushing for the appointment of an acting municipal manager rather than a permanent one who would serve the people with contract obligation.
The Greater Giyani Municipality has been without a permanent manager since August 2014 due to apparent political interferences and factionalism that threatened service delivery.
Two acting municipal managers were appointed between August 2014 and December last year.
Bembani also accused Hlungwani and Mathebula of marginalising the ANC.
“The Youth League knows that such a decision can only be taken when the ANC’s guidance is disregarded and shunned,” Bembani said.
“We therefore call on the ANC in Mopani Region to act harshly against the Mayor and the chief whip for bringing the name of the ANC into disrepute by convening a municipal council to appoint the Acting MM without convening a caucus preceded over by the ANC to give guidance as it is expected in the normal operation.”
The call for Hlungwani and Mathebula’s resignations comes four months before the August 3 local government elections.
The period leading up to the elections is known for being marred by political infighting, factionalism and name calling.
Bembani said that the league further rejected a call by the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs for the outsourcing of the Giyani municipal manager’s services.
He said such a call would impact negatively the municipality’s finances and administration.
Meanwhile DA leader in the Giyani area Richard Shivambu has threatened to submit a motion of no confidence against Mathebula.
He accuses her of misconduct and dereliction of duty after she failed to pitch for a council meeting she had called to debate the appointment of a new municipal manager.
“The position of the MM was advertised in November 2014 but the candidate was rejected by the Mayor, Pat Hlungwani, and his allies as he was known for fighting against fraud and corruption. Plans to re-advertise the post are not imminent as there is a political agenda to make an incompetent MM without following the correct procedure,” said Shivambu.
Giyani Municipal spokesman Steven Mabunda said Bembani should raise his unhappiness with the ANC because Hlungwani and Mathebula were the ruling party’s deployees to the council.