LEPHALALE — Members of the EFF stood around the municipal offices on Tuesday morning because they were not allowed to attend the council meeting.
According to Lebogang Monageng, chairperson of the EFF Waterberg region, EFF council members did also not attend the previous two council meetings because they are not allowed to attend meetings in their red overalls. It is stipulated in the code of conduct that they may not wear their uniforms to council meetings. According to Monageng it is disturbing for them that EFF council members were forcibly removed by traffic officials during the previous two meetings. He says the traffic officials wore their uniforms during the first removal session but the second time they wore neat normal clothes.
“The EFF is worried about the removal of councillors from the council, because the council members are designated by people on the ground to make sure that their vote will be respected in council.
We engaged peacefully with the ANC to accept our red overalls and we are going to make sure our request is respected because it is a decision of our voters and no-one in this council will stop the rule of people. We sincerely hope the negotiations will be resolved peacefully because failing that will result in us opting for alternative ways of engaging to make sure that our tradition is respected.
We were voted to be council members by the people of Lephalale to see change and change is coming” Monageng concluded.
Mogol Post attended the first council meeting after the election where the code of conduct was read to all the involved parties and no objections were made by any party.
At the time of going to press Mogol Post was still awaiting comment from Lephalale Local Municipality. Any further development will be reported in a future issue of Mogol Post.