ANC-WC condemns the suspension of Paarl Municipal Manager, Mr Sidima Kabanyane

ANC-WC condemns the suspension of Paarl Municipal Manager, Mr Sidima Kabanyane

10 July 2007

The ANC today condemned the suspension of the Drakenstein Municipal Manager; Mr Sidima Kabanyane by the DA and ID controlled council in Paarl.

Provincial Secretary, Mcebisi Skwatsha said;

`The allegations contained in the letter of suspension sent to Mr Kabanyane concerning "some of the matters levied that warrants an urgent investigation" (sic) are spurious and flimsy. In some instances they are downright dishonest. or example the "failure to finalise organizational structure" (sic) referred to, arises directly out of the inability of the Mayoral Committee to agree on a management top structure, because of the ID`s insistence on a so-called `50/50` representation for ID supported candidates, for senior positions.

`It is a matter of public record that the Council appointed a Multi-Party Committee to break the impasse. This Committee secured the services of the University of Stellenbosch to assist in the finalisation of the top structure and this process has not been finalised because that institution has not yet completed its recommendations. It is shocking fabrication for Mr Kabanyane to be blamed.

`Other blatantly erroneous allegations include one that the Municipal Manager failed to `implement a statutory complaint performance management system.` (sic). Again, it is a matter of public record, that a council decision records the submission date for this process as the end of July.

`The suspension and retrenchment, which will inevitably follow, fits the same pattern pursued in other municipalities, Stellenbosch and Cape Town included. It amounts to an organised witch-hunt against duly appointed officials. It is a thinly veiled attack on transformation and the equity provisions of the law.

`It supports the ANC`s conviction that the DA is committed to a strategy of enclave politics in this province. Spurious and unproven allegations of corruption and malpractice, which drag the names of black professionals through the mud, are used as a basis for driving them out and at huge cost to ratepayers.

`There is also mounting evidence - the Achmat Williams and Truman Prince examples are two cases in point - that secret agreements underpin the arrangements between the DA and other minority parties, the ID included. These agreements include commitments to make cosy appointments to senior positions in these councils.`

For further information contact:
Garth Strachan, ANC W Cape Media 083 454 6667.