Mogalakwena Municipality appeals to set aside appointment of manager

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The embattled Mogalakwena Local Municipality in Limpopo has petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeals to appeal a High Court decision to set aside the appointment of its manager.

The High Court in Polokwane last year ruled that Morris Maluleka’s appointment as municipal manager was unlawful.

It said that the position should be re-advertised.

Last month, the same court dismissed with costs an application for leave to appeal. The municipal mayor Ngoako Taueatsoala explains.

“We are now going to start with the appeal process, according to our council resolution that we took last year. Remember once we petition the Supreme Court of Appeal it means the status quo is remaining, it means the order is suspended and the municipal manager remains to be a municipal manager up until the processes of the appeal takes place and we get judgement.”

Meanwhile, Charles Makhuvele, the co-ordinator of the civic organisation Sanco in Waterberg has advised the council to reconsider its decision saying it is not in the interest of the residents.

“Ourselves as Sanco, we believe the decision is not in the best interest of Mogalakwena residents as ratepayers’ money is actually embezzled for very wrong reasons, the council must reconsider their decision, avoid to take the court route as they have actually been losing court cases, even the recent appeal and already millions have been spent challenging this particular case.”

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