Bela-Bela mayor Jeremiah Ngobeni. Photo: TK Mashaba.

Bela-Bela mayor to engage BBTF on Ramaphosa correspondence


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Bela-Bela Mayor Jeremiah Ngobeni has scheduled a one-on-one meeting with Bela-Bela Taxpayers Forum (BBTF) charman Johan Mills.

The meeting is a direct sequel to full-page BBTF advertisements published in both The BEAT and our sister newspaper, The Post.

In the adverts Mills placed on record that the BBTF had formally asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in alleged maladministration in the town.

Mills said in an interview on Monday 12 March there had been contact between the mayor and him, with the purpose to schedule the meeting mid-week.

The community-based BBTF pressure group’s adverts ran under the theme “A bankrupt Bela-Bela? (Is this our future?)”.

In the advert, Mills placed on record that correspondence had been dispatched to the President of the Republic “taking him up on his promise to ensure a clean and honest administration.”

Mills said the BBTF further asked Ramaphosa to help “his” town in the struggle for economic survival against “a reckless, lawless, spendthrift municipal management.”

Ramaphosa owns a game farm on the outskirts of Bela-Bela. 

A host of damning allegations, among these, that the council and officialdom did not know what happened to a quarter of the 2016/2017 budget, formed part of the adverts.

The BBTF also alleged the disputed KPMG report had been “hidden from the public for 10 months”.

A clarion call was also sent out to communities across the political spectrum to make their voices heard.

Bela-Bela municipal spokesperson, David Raborolo, was on Monday not immediately available to confirm the anticipated meeting between the mayor and BBTF.

42 days ago       15 March 2018