Governance grinds to a halt in Oudtshoorn DA caucus
For the past four months, attempts to hold council meetings in order to pass a budget by the June 30 deadline have failed.
The council’s speaker, Julia le Roux Krowitz, has reportedly been submitting sick notes and letters from her attorney stating that she was not able to attend the meetings she had called.
ANC chief whip Jongilizwe Tyatya said Krowitz was “holding the town hostage” by delaying convening a council meeting to pass the municipality’s budget.
“There is a division within the DA caucus, with one group siding with the speaker and others with the mayor, Colan Sylvester. She is well aware they want to get rid of her, and Icosa (Independent Civic Organisation of SA) has already tabled a motion of no-confidence against her,” said Tyatya.
Attempts to reach Krowitz were un- successful by deadline.
Oudtshoorn municipality spokesperson Ntobeko Mangqwengqwe said: “The meeting for tabling the draft Integrated Development Plan review for the 2019/2020 financial year and the multi-year draft budget (2019/2020 to 2021/2022) was convened on May27. Public participation processes for both draft documents are now under way and the municipality intends to approve the budget before end June.
“The other allegations pertaining to the office of the speaker have been referred to the speaker for a response. She is out of office today (yesterday).”