The Chairman of the Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Water and Sanitation and Human Settlements, Mr. China Dodovu, learned of the unfortunate, unjustified and unacceptable burning of the house belonging to the mayor of the local municipality of Port St Johns .
The president has called on the police to increase security around the mayor and also to intensify investigations leading to the arrest and prosecution of the cowardly perpetrators of this heinous act.
He worries that the burning of the house takes place after the alleged threats directed against the mayor and some fellow councillors.
“What is even more worrying are the allegations that the basis for these threats and the burning of the mayor’s house were used as a ploy to influence the hiring of senior managers within the municipality.
This is unacceptable and targets the criminal element that would like unrestricted access to the resources of the municipality,” said Mr. Dodovu.
In various interactions with municipalities, the committee has highlighted the importance of a credible and capable administration to improve municipal governance.
Furthermore, South Africa‘s blueprint for development, the National Development Plan, advocates that the state be equipped with the necessary skills to drive development.
It is in this context that the efforts of nefarious elements to try to control recruitment must be eliminated.
Furthermore, a country experiencing high levels of gender-based violence cannot accept such acts idly, as they undermine women’s leadership.
The police and society in general must jointly oppose such acts, since they threaten the functioning of the municipality.
The President has asked the Eastern Cape Provincial Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs departments to work hand-in-hand with the South African Police Service to find, arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of this act.