Rustenburg mayor under investigation

A multiparty committee has been set up to investigate allegations involving the mayor of Rustenburg, Matthew Wolmarans, the municipality said on Thursday.

Municipal manager Andries Boschoff said a motion of no confidence was passed against the mayor on Tuesday during a council meeting.

The council resolved that a multiparty committee should be established to investigate allegations made against the mayor. The allegations are that proper procedures were not followed in the appointment of staff and the disposal of land, and in regard to a stolen council vehicle.

The committee was expected to report to council in two weeks time, at a special council meeting.

Boschoff said delegating powers of the mayor were withdrawn, but he remained an executive mayor as stipulated by legislation.

If the committee found any basis to the allegations against the mayor the matter would be referred to a disciplinary committee, Boschoff said.

On January 15, the municipality issued a statement in which it said there were plots to overthrow the mayor and dismiss the municipal manager.

“The Rustenburg local municipality views in a serious light the alleged plot by some individuals to overthrow the executive mayor, Matthew Wolmarans, and to expel the municipal manager, Andries Boschoff.

“We are fully aware of the alleged plot.
However, the matter has been referred to the relevant structures of the African National Congress,” the municipality said. - Sapa

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