ANC-WC will contest the legality of Truman Prince Reinstatement

ANC-WC will contest the legality of Truman Prince Reinstatement

3 July 2007

Provincial Secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha today announced that the ANC would contest the legality of the decision to reinstate Truman Prince as Municipal Manager of the Central Karoo District Municipality. It is taking legal advice and will engage with Richard Dyantyi, the MEC for Local Government and Housing.

He said; ‘It does so because the decision to appoint Truman Prince as Municipal Manager is improper and wrong. Under DA stewardship the Municipality is bankrupt and has recklessly budgeted for a R3 million rand deficit, which includes an amount set aside to pay Truman Prince.

‘The ANC will do everything possible within the law to ensure that the reinstatement of Truman Prince is not carried through. It will also be guided by the need to stabilise the municipality, restore good governance, proper financial management and service delivery.

‘The situation in the Central Karoo DM is of the DA’s own making. Its decision to open the door for Truman Prince to appeal and win the case against his dismissal for improper and illegal conduct, flies in the face of a senior counsel legal opinion and strong opposition not to do so. But the DA opened the appeal door because a secret agreement underpinned its arrangement with ICOSA. It must now climb down in the face of opposition from within its own ranks stretching all the way from its own councillors in Beaufort West up to DA national leader, Helen Zille.

‘The DA has clamoured to reconstitute municipalities with minority parties. With this in mind it has done its utmost to strengthen ICOSA. But events at the Central Karoo District Municipality bears testimony to the fact that these coalitions are underpinned by secret, improper agreements - Achmat Williams in the case of the ID and Truman Prince in the case of ICOSA - being the most prominent.’

For further information contact:
Garth Strachan. ANC WC Media. 083 454 6667.