KNYSNA NEWS - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Knysna is calling for the ANC, COPE, KUC and ACDP to urgently rescind the decision to appoint the Director of Community Services Dr Sandile Ngqele, saying that the appointment was clearly not made in the best interests of the people of Knysna.
In a statement on Friday 30 April, DA Knysna constituency head Dion George rejected the ANC and its coalition partner's arbitrary appointment of the new director of Community Services and said should Ngqele’s appointment not be rescinded, “the DA will consider every action to rectify the ANC’s decision including High Court action and personal costs orders against those responsible”.
George said the appointment was made despite councillors receiving a report that set out various aspects in which Ngqele falls short of the requirements of the job. It also contained allegations of political interference in the recruitment and selection process.
“This decision is manifestly unlawful and the Democratic Alliance supports the public’s right to transparent government,” reads George’s statement.
George said all DA Councillors in Knysna voted against the appointment, but Cope Mayor Ricky van Aswegen, and the ACDP Councillor Patrick Makhetha abstained from voting. He urged them to take a firm stand in the appointments of senior managers.
ANC regional secretary of the Southern Cape, Mzwanele "Major" Sokopo, said the DA has become "honest to lies and they want to mislead the community of Knysna”.
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