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Social Media Allegations are tarnishing the Image of the Greater Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn, 18 January 2022 – The council of the Greater Oudtshoorn municipality is aware of allegations that are doing the rounds on social media.  These allegations are transgressions and are tarnishing the municipality’s image which main purpose is good governance and service delivery to the residents of the Greater Oudtshoorn.

Some of the allegations that are being made are the appointment of the acting municipal manager, alleged unlawful salary increases, and tender meddling.

The mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Cllr Chad Louw, says that the Oudtshoorn council intends to ensure both administrative and legislative integrity and the council will not be swayed from fulfilling their purpose by councillors who use political groups to spread false allegations.

Section 13 (1) (c) of the Local Government: Municipals System Act 32 of 2000, states that “If the chairperson of a municipal council is of the opinion that a provision of this code has been breached, the chairperson must report the matter to a meeting of the municipal council, which in turn would communicate it to the public”.  To date, the council has not received any formal complaint on various allegations that are being published on social media.

The mayor further states that all the councillors are appointed to perform a duty to the municipality and the public.  “We as council promised to be on the side of the people and that is a promise that we will fulfill.  All of these negative and false allegations will not discourage us from providing service to the people and assuring good governance.