Chaos envelopes Endumeni Council Chamber

There were chaotic scenes in the Endumeni Council Chamber again when yesterday’s special Council ended without a quorum.

The meeting was to have discussed, among other issues, the appoint of a Corporate Services Manager, the extension of the acting financial manager’s contract and the Mayoral Imbizo planned for Saturday in Glencoe.

However, the meeting ended in a shouting match.  The ANC Councillors spoke out against the appointment of a acting corporate services manager, Sibongiseni Mosia, who was appointed, according to the ANC, without a Council resolution.

They also questioned the credibility of the minutes of the previous meeting.  Speaker Bongiwe Mbatha repeatedly told Councillors to sit down and tempers frayed.  Telling the ANC off, Speaker Mbatha described them as ‘bitter as they are no longer in power’.

Councillor Thulani Mahaye said the ANC had garnered over 60% of the vote in Endumeni in the 2016 local elections and said the party needed to have the three motions it had tabled three weeks ago discussed.  One of these motions is a vote of no confidence against Mayor, Richard Mbatha, who they accuse of S and T fraud last July.

It is a claim Mayor Mbatha denies.  He earlier told the Courier that he had never received the R7 000 he was claimed to have been paid.

The IFP then proposed a panel to sit to appoint a corporate services manager.

They wanted five people on the panel, including the Mayor and Mr Mosia, who is currently the manager in the Mayor’s office.  Councillor Anthon Raubenheimer of the DA pointed out that legislation ruled that only three people may sit on the panel – the municipal manager, the chairman of the portfolio committee and an independent person.  He held a copy of the act to prove his point.

Later, Dr Sandy Bedassi of the DA complained of illness and left the meeting.  The six ANC Councillors also walked out leaving the Council without a quorum.  Callie Carlese of the IFP said the meeting could continue as a quorum of Councillors had already signed the attendance register.

However, this was over ruled as illegal. It is not clear how the Council will overcome this latest malaise.


Siphiwe Ngwenya

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