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Sedibeng and Emfuleni municipal managers ‘have no legal standing’

  • The erstwhile mayors of Sedibeng and Emfuleni appointed municipal managers without council approval.
  • Gauteng’s Cogta MEC said the managers had no legal standing to preside over the first meeting of the new municipal councils.
  • The local government administrator has been designated to preside over the first council meetings at the two municipalities.

Gauteng’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC, Lebogang Maile, has designated a local government practitioner to oversee the inaugural council sittings in Sedibeng and Emfuleni after it emerged the acting municipal managers were appointed without council approval.

Maile briefed the media on Sunday, ahead of the councils’ meetings by the 23 November deadline.

“It has come to our attention that erstwhile executive mayors at Sedibeng and Emfuleni appointed acting municipal managers without obtaining council approval as required by the peremptory provisions of section 82(1)(b) of the Structures Act. 

“This means that the appointees in question have no legal standing to preside over the first meeting of the new municipal councils of Sedibeng and Emfuleni.”

Local government administrator and former Rand West mayor, Mpho Nawa, has been appointed to preside over the first council meetings in Sedibeng and Emfuleni, Maile said.

“The executive management of Sedibeng and Emfuleni have been advised to provide the necessary support to Mr Nawa in order to ensure that the first council meetings are a success. Mr Nawa will preside over the meetings until the Speakers are duly elected. The newly elected Speakers will then chair the meetings and preside over the election of other office bearers, such as the executive mayor, chief whips, etc.”

The Sedibeng district municipality comprises of Emfuleni, Lesedi and Midvaal local municipalities. 

Once an ANC stronghold, Emfuleni, in Vanderbijlpark, was one of the hung councils in the province, where no political party attained a majority. The ANC received 39.71% of the votes, the DA got 26.91%, and the EFF 15.59%.

Midvaal remained in the hands of the DA, with a 62% majority.

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