DA calls on ANC Matlosana Mayor to resign

Issued by Cllr Portia Burrel – DA Councillor: City of Matlosana Local Municipality
08 May 2024 in Press Statements

Note to Broadcasters: Please find a linked soundbite in English by Cllr Portia Burrel.

The City of Matlosana’s Council Meeting on 30 April 2024 turned chaotic when ANC Councillors disrupted proceedings, preventing a motion of no confidence against the Executive Mayor, Cllr James Ntsolela, from being tabled by the DA.

The DA is aware that documents are doing the rounds allegedly implicating Mayor Ntsolela in fraudulent payments. It is alleged that the service provider, GMHM Construction and Projects, paid R52,000.00 into the mayor’s bank account.

ANC Councillors defended and shielded Mayor Ntsolela from accountability, even going so far as to dismiss their own ANC Provincial Executive Committee decision that he must resign with immediate effect.

In April this year, the DA tabled a motion of no confidence against the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Mercy Phetla, following her arrest in connection with an alleged R1,4 million VW Amarok exchange, related to a service delivery tender. Another motion was tabled against Municipal Manager Lesego Seametso, citing alleged corruption implications. However, once again, the ANC’s majority vote prevailed, protecting the accused officials from accountability, asserting that any disciplinary action would be an internal ANC matter.

Subsequently, evidence emerged linking the CFO to a R2,9 million fraud and corruption scandal, resulting in her suspension pending further investigation.

Despite the DA’s attempts to enforce accountability on behalf of Matlosana residents, the ANC continues to operate according to its own directives, protecting allegedly corrupt officials and enabling fraud.

Mayor Ntsolela must immediately resign. Failing which, the DA will, through our Caucus Leader in the North West Legislature, Freddy Sonakile MPL, write to the MEC of CoGHSTA, Nono Maloyi, requesting his urgent intervention in ensuring that the mayor is suspended immediately.

On 29 May this year, residents now have the opportunity to once and for all kick out the corrupt ANC from government and vote in the DA, the only party with a proven track record of good governance that actively fights corruption.