Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality Mayor, Julia Mthebe, whose acquired personal security has raised concerns among opposition parties.
GROBLERSDAL – Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality has thwarted claims that Mayor, Julia Mathebe, has not had a risk assessment procedure before getting personal protection worth R115 000.
Mishack Kgwale, EMLM Director for Executive Support, said the mayor’s personal protection followed a council’s decision.
Kgwale slammed allegations by opposition parties in the local municipality’s council that Mathebe’s protection came despite not having been assessed for risk to determine if she needed any.
Kgwale said the local municipality was in possession of a case number and risk assessment report determining that the mayor has been threatened and her life was at risk.
He said the protection would run for the next four months and stands to be re-evaluated if the Mathebe was still under risk.
In a recent council meeting, held the local municipality’s chamber, council approved that the mayor receive R115 000 for her personal security purposes.
The issue of providing the mayor security raised concerns among opposition parties in the local municipality, claiming the mayor’s security matter was long implemented before it was tabled before council for resolution.
Opposition parties claimed the municipality would spend over a million rand on the mayor’s security of which the money could be used for service delivery.
They claim there was no risk assessment done by council to establish if the mayor should have 24-hour security.
Seun Mogotji, Bolsheviks Party of South Africa (BPSA) leader, said they were reliably informed that security personnel were stationed at the mayor’s house since August this year.
Mogotji said that was before the issue was tabled before council for approval and that it was yet another example of the mayor’s “flagrant abuse of state resources for her own personal use”.
The opposition said the mayor did not indicate before council whether her life was in danger and that she needed security.
“During the council meeting we asked the mayor to produce a threat analysis report to prove she needed protection. Nothing was produced by her to prove if there was a need for private protection,” said Mogotji.
The leader indicated that he himself needed protection after he was attacked and shot at his home in Ntwane village last year but his application was not considered, whereas there was a clear need for his protection after a risk assessment report.
“I am still living in fear after the attack and shooting but nothing has been done to protect me,” lambasted Mogotji.
Mogotji added that letters have been written to the Minister and Limpopo MEC for Coghsta to determine if it was legal for the municipality to spend R115 000 to protect the mayor without any risk assessment done.
Economic Freedom Fighter Councillor, Ali Maloba, said: “We heard in council that the mayor’s life was in danger and she needed protection. But there was no security assessment to establish if the mayor’s life is under threats.”
Maloba further said they were surprised when the money that was supposed to deliver services to people was used to protect the mayor.
“The money was supposed to install electricity for the community of OR Tambo Extension, Taiwan and Molala villages. The money was supposed to also be used to uplift young people within the local municipality. The money could have been spared to assist young people for tertiary education as most are from poor backgrounds,” complained Maloba.
He said the move was a clear reflection of the municipality that has money and can only pay large sums of un-budgeted for funds unnecessarily.
“This means the municipality has money and simply denies residents services.” Concluded Maloba.