RUSTENBURG, August 29 – The Rustenburg city council meeting was postponed on Tuesday over a technicality relating to the late sending out of meeting agendas to councillors.
Speaker Sheila Mabale-Huma said: “I have received how agenda was sent. The agenda was sent in term of the previous rules of order that stipulates that councillors must have agenda within two days, the new rules of order stated that agenda must be sent in seven days. The meeting is therefore postponed to Tuesday [September 7] at 10am.”
The council meeting was initially disrupted after the Forum 4 Service Delivery walked out after F4SD councillor Napoleon Webster’s request was rejected. He had wanted the meeting postponed because he had not received his agenda on time.
“I have to participate in this meeting. I am not here to add numbers. I have just received my agenda, I have not gone through it, may we postpone this meeting?” Webster asked at his first council meeting as Forum 4 Service Delivery councillor.
Mabale-Huma initially maintained that the meeting would continue as planned, leading to the walk-out. However, the troika of mayor, speaker and single whip of council) then went to caucus and when the meeting reconvened, Mabale-Huma announced that the meeting was postponed and warned councillors to keep their agenda.
F4SD caucus leader Phistus Mnisi had argued that council meetings had previously been postponed because councillors had received the agendas late.
Webster, with a well-known allegiance to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), said he was in council to serve the people. “I am an activist, I work with any party and use any available platform to serve the people,” he said, explaining his allegiance with the F4SD.
Webster took over a seat left vacant by the death of veteran politician Rocky Malebana-Metsing in November 2016.
Webster is facing a charge of murder, in which the State alleges he and 13 men hacked Sabata Petros Chale to death in Marikana West on December 8, 2016. He was released on R3,000 bail and is expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on September 12.
The Forum 4 Service Delivery (F4SD) walked out of a Rustenburg city council meeting on Tuesday.
The civic movement was protesting agiant Speaker Sheila Mabale-Huma’s ruling that the meeting would continue as planned.
This was after Napoleon Webster requested that the meeting to be postponed because he had not received his agenda on time.
“I have to particapate in this meeting. I am not here to add numbers. I have just received my agenda, I have not gone through it, may we postpone this meeting?” Webster asked at his first council meeting as Forum 4 Service Delivery councillor.
However, Speaker Mabale-Huma said the meeting would continue.
“Is this a sabotage or what?” Webster replied.
Mabale-Huma had earlier welcomed Webster at the meeting. Webster replaced the late Rocky Malebana-Metsing as councillor for the F4SD.
The F4SD asked for a caucus and when they returned asked for the meeting to be postponed or they would stage a walk-out
“Your rulling is illegal. It must be challenged,” said Abinaar Matlhoko from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
Matlhoko maintained that Webster was supposed to have had his agenda seven days before the council meeting.
Webster said the next appropriate step was to pass a motion of no confidence in the mayor, Mpho Khunou.
F4SD caucus leader Phistus Mnisi said council meeting was previously postponed because councillors received the agenda late.
The meeting was then adjourned and the EFF councillors sang in the chamber.