Kouga Council meeting ends in disarray

The meeting of the Kouga Council last Friday eventually had to be adjourned with the most important items on the agenda being withdrawn.

Elza Van Lingen, the DA member of Parliament
Elza Van Lingen, the DA member of Parliament

The DA Councillors left the meeting after the ANC Councillors took an extended caucus and simply took their time to return to the Council chambers.

The most important items on the agenda were not discussed after ANC Councillor Vernon Stuurman withdrew the tabling of the draft Annual Report from the agenda.

The DA also objected to the tabling of the Gobodo Report, the KPMG Report and the report from the Public Protector as these items had not been handed to the Councillors prior to the meeting, according to the rules of the Kouga Council.

Councillor Nico Botha argued that it was impossible for the Council to properly apply their minds to the reports as they had never been handed out to the Councillors.

Earlier in the meeting, the Speaker of the Council Magdalena Dlhomo accused MP Elza Van Lingen of illegally recording the meeting.

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When asked to supply proof of her allegation, the Speaker proceeded to lecture the members of the public that they will be removed from the Council Chambers if they record meetings, despite not producing any proof to back up her allegation.

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ANC Councillor Vernon Stuurman also tabled a motion of exigency, in which he requested a investigation to conducted as he believed confidential information had been supplied to MP Van Lingen in February 2012.

The motion was then withdrawn and apparently the “investigation” will be an item on the agenda at the next Council meeting.

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