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Moitoi explains Sua Council dissolution

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 09 October 2018   |   By Keitebe Kgosikebatho
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The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi is slowly bringing down the curtain over the career of Sua Township councilors who have been  refusing to attend council meetings demanding to be paid outstanding mileage allowances.

“It is a process, it’s not a onetime event and starts off with the Minister announcing to the community in Sua about the intention to dissolve. That is what I have done  last week,” she said. adding that the next step is to set up an enquiry, a step which she has already taken.


This is provided for by the  Local Government Act  Section 89 sub section 2 which says: “Where the  Minister considers that one  or more  of the  situations  in subsection (1) exist, the Minister shall, before exercising  the powers  conferred under this section, by notice in the Gazette direct an inquiry to be held, to review, consider and report on the situation".

According to Moitoi, a team that has been sent to carry out this process started work on Monday. They constitute of a former councilor of Sua Township council and three government officers. Moitoi explained that her ministry is carrying out this process with the assistance of the Attorney General’s Chambers.


The Local Government Act dictates that, after this step "upon dissolution of a Council  in accordance  with section 89 (a) all members of the council shall cease  to hold office  and  the seats of elected  and nominated  members shall  be deemed to have become vacant; and The minister shall by further order published  in the Gazette- appoint  not more than  10 members  within  the Administrative District  to form  a commission  which shall have  the status  of the council  which has been dissolved, and may exercise  all the powers  and authorities  vested in such council until a successor is constituted".


The Act also says that the Minister shall direct the holding of elections for a new council, within 90 days from the date of the dissolution, provided that no election shall be held where the remaining term of office for members of the dissolved council is less than 12 months.

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