The Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Hon. Xolile Nqatha has welcomed the judgement by the Grahamstown High Court to dismiss with costs an application for leave to appeal filed by former Amahlathi Local Municipality Councillor Mr Siyabulela Malawu. Mr Malawu approached the Grahamstown High Court seeking the reviewal and setting aside of MEC Nqatha’s decision to remove him as the councillor of Amahlathi Local Municipality.
Mr Malawu was dismissed for violating the following rules:
- Item 2 (b) of schedule 1 of the Code of Conduct for Councillors of the Municipal Systems Act (MSA) which states that “A councillor must at all times act in the best interest of the municipality and in such a way that credibility and integrity of the municipality are not compromised”.
- He failed to attend four consecutive council meetings without being granted a leave of absence by speaker and in breach of Item 4 (2) (Sanction for non-attendance of council meetings) of the Code of Conduct.
- He used Municipal letterhead in communicating the information of the municipality and this is in breach of Item 11 of the Code of Conduct
In welcoming the Judgment MEC Nqatha said, “As the department we have been vindicated by this Judgement as some people believe that I am not a role player in enforcing the code of conduct. The worst is expecting me to wait for the municipal councils even if demonstrated inability to deal with wrongdoing. The Judge has made it clear that the MEC is empowered by Article 14 (6) (b) to remove a councillor from the office in the event of breach of the provisions of Code of Conduct should it be of such a nature that it warrants removal,” MEC Nqatha
For further information, please contactMr Makhaya Komisa (MLO) on 0663818259 or Mr Mamnkeli Ngam (Department spokesperson) on 071 685 7981