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Dr Fani Ncapayi will be speaking to the Vukani Community Radio tonight, at 21:00 PM. He will be speaking on the crises of governance of the Sakhisizwe Local Municipality.

Civil Society structures based in Sakhisizwe have written several letters to the Municipality since October 2018, requesting information regarding the state of governance of the municipality, but these letters were never responded to.

On the 29th August 2019, CALUSA, as mandated by the structures, lodged an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act no 2 of 2000 (PAIA), requesting access to specific documents which are crucial to the lawful operation of the municipality; Sakhisizwe LM, however, failed to respond to the PAIA request within the legislated 30 day timeframe.

The documents requested by the structures include;

• Annual, Financial and Audit Reports from 2000 up to 2019

• Integrated Development Plans (IDPs) from 2000 to 2019

• Municipal Tender Records: Inclusive – Minutes of Council meetings and steering Committees, from 2000 – 2019

• By-laws passed from 2000 and records of processes followed

The Sakhisizwe Local Municipality's non-compliance with legal processes gravely concerns us. This municipality's misgovernance is not only limited to non-compliance with PAIA; community participation in decision making as prescribed by the Local Government: Municipal Sytems Act does not take place, the 2019-2020 IDP has been finalised without giving civil society and community groups an opportunity to comment on the draft.

In his input, Dr Ncapayi will draw attention to the dire lack of service delivery in both towns: Cala and Elliot, as well as the hinterland: communal areas and commercial farms, where a substantial number of citizens reside. The town of Elliot is slowly becoming a ghost town and businesses are closing down.

The provincial Department of Cooperative Governance intervened in Sakhisizwe and deployed an Acting Municipal Manager but this intervention does not seem to be successful and the Municipality continues to exclude the community from participating in municipal governance.

The Civil society structures are calling on the MEC and Minister to dissolve the Municipal council and place the Municipality under administration, in terms of section 139(1)(c) of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, until it has been returned to a state of normality.

Catch the discussion at Vukani FM: 99.9 Mhz if you are in the Chris Hani district. If you are outside the Chris Hani District you can use the link below:
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CALUSA (Cala University Students Association) was formed in 1983 by young activists who had been imprisoned in 1976 and release towards the end of 1981 for establishing study groups whose methodology was  collective reading and discussion of ‘the great texts’. A key text that was read and discussed was the Communist Manifesto of Karl Marx and Frederick Engles. These texts were read, analysed and explained very carefully.

An example is the opening statement of the Communist Manifesto: “A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism”. Typical questions that would be raised in a bid to understand this statement included: and thus began the study circle in 1969 in the small town of Cala, Eastern Cape. What does ‘spectre’ mean? And haunting? What are the implications of ‘haunting’? Why is the spectre of communism haunting Europe? What is the context of this? Why is the text using figurative speech? Word by word the statement would be explored and the meaning extracted and constructed.


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