The Sol Plaatje municipal council have a new executive mayor, David Molusi.
Molusi’s appointment comes after Ntlangula submitted her resignation during a special council meeting.
The controversial four years of rule for Ntlangula is over. She was frequently in the news for the wrong reasons and sometimes acted in a manner that seemed to even baffle the ANC. Her trip to China and her attempt to change the mayoral committee without the ratification of the ANC caucus sealed her fate.
The ANC’s Northern Cape provincial secretary, Zamani Saul, stated that the weak image of the Sol Plaatje Municipality portrayed and the manner it conducted business were the main reasons for Ntlangula’s removal from office.
“PEC officials have convened several meetings with the leadership of the Sol Plaatje Municipality and expressed discomfort at the image it was portraying and the manner in which its business was conducted. The PEC resolved that the current executive mayor be redeployed and further called for radical restructuring of the mayoral committee,” said Zamani Saul at a media conference in Kimberley.
“There was an urgent need for the municipality to go on a charm offensive with the roll out of extensive infrastructure programmes to change the negative perception of the electorate. The PEC was calling for an extensive Keep the City Clean Campaign which should involve the appointment of at least 1000 people spread across all wards.
“Urgent measures to improve billing systems were also noted,” continued Saul.
He announced that joining Agnes Ntlangula in resignation would be Councillor Kobus Steyn.
Molusi was cheered by the council as he walked to the podium.
Molusi, in his acceptance speech yesterday, said it was important to start recognising and paying respect to the late former president Nelson Mandela.
“I am humbled and it is indeed an honour to accept the position of Executive Mayor in the Sol Plaatje Municipality and in doing so carry forth the mandate of the ANC,” Molusi said.
“We as a collective, want to double our efforts through visionary dedication to make Kimberley a leading city to provide satisfactory service delivery.
“The leadership and I recognise that there are considerable challenges that we face,” he said.
“To raise the living standard of all residents in the Sol Plaatje municipal area, there will have to be a concerted effort on behalf of all of us assembled here and those stakeholders in the public and private sector.”
After his speech, Molusi was welcomed with a hug and a handshake by Ntlhangula.
After the meeting was adjourned a crying Ntlhangula was consoled by councillors.
The current Mayoral Committee, which consists of Elizabeth Johnson, Winnie Ngobese, Ronnie Morwe, Rita Leven, Maphage Jacobs, Mangaliso Matika, Daniel Lekoma and Kagisho Jabetla will stay as it is for now.