COMMITED: Executive mayor Zanoxolo Wayile.
The DA in the Nelson Mandela Bay has withdrawn its motion of no confidence in executive mayor Zanoxolo Wayile citing the work in progress in the metro must be fully implemented by January 24 next year.
This came after a heated council meeting in the city last week where Wayile tabled the major steps the metro expects to implement in the coming few weeks.
Among other things, Wayile said: “A Ward election task team is to be established to examine the draft policy on the establishment of ward committees, facilitate and coordinate a councillors’ workshop and deal with other ancillary matters pertinent to the entrenchment of a functional and vibrant ward committee system.”
He also said a service delivery summit in partnership with South African Cities Network, South African Local Government Association, Eastern Cape Socio Economic Consultative Council and the national treasury’s City Support Programme would be convened in March.
DA metro leader Leon de Villiers, said they believed the mayor had shown sufficient commitment to address the major challenges in the
metro and hence decided not to subject him to a vote of no confidence.
De Villiers said they were satisfied that, among other things, the previous “illegal” acting municipal manager, Themba Hani had been removed from office
All the recent “illegal and reckless staff suspensions” imposed by Hani had been lifted
The council has now appointed a “legal” acting municipal manager (Israel Tsatsire) until March 4 next year.
The mayor tabled a report to appoint a permanent municipal manager.
The mayor established a multi-party task team that must make a recommendation to the council on January 24, to declare the municipal public accounts committee a dedicated one.
The council adopted a new organogram in principle, which now paves the way to start the recruitment of various permanent executive directors.
The vacant executive director positions will be advertised this month.
“The DA is ready to bring about good clean government that works for all the people of Nelson Mandela Bay,” De Villiers said.
Wayile said the metro would focus on integration and coordination of service delivery and bettering their audit outcomes.