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Metro finally establishes Ward 32 committee

Meet the newly formed Ward 32 committee. They are (from left): Colin Hopkinson (aged and disability); Lebai Sethoko (women and children); Alfred Woodington (economic development); Palesa Landu (youth development); Moses Tsolo (infrastructure development); Avril Tyler (faith based issues) and Lettie Nogqala (sports, arts and culture).

The ward committee is a statutory structure recognised by the municipal council and is able to make recommendations to council through its ward councillor, based on the needs of its ward.

The team was introduced to the community during a public meeting held at the old Boksburg City Hall on November 1.

The committee, which is led by ward Clr Marius de Vos, consists of eleven people who each focus on the specific portfolio given to them.

They are Colin Hopkinson (aged and disability); Lebai Sethoko (women and children); Alfred Woodington (economic development); Palesa Landu (youth development); Moses Tsolo (infrastructure development); Avril Tyler (faith based issues); Lettie Nogqala (sports, arts and culture); Francios van Heerden (community safety); Hennie Swinger (environmental development). The health portfolio remains vacant.

De Vos said he is very happy with the new team which he described as people of real calibre, who are really committed to putting their communities first.

Ward 32 includes Parkrand, Parkdene, Farrar Park, Cinderella, Libradene, Boksburg South, Boksburg East, Boksburg CBD, Plantation, part of Andebolt industrial area and southern part of Cason which include the station and Blue Sky Informal Settlement.

Ward committee election fiasco

Initially, the elections for the ward committee was first held on January 10 at the Boksburg Hall.

De Vos, however, argued that the elections were improperly handled by the presiding officers, and as a result, council annulled the results because of the reported irregularities in the voting process.

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Subsequently, the metro announced that January 31 would be the new date for a re-run of the elections in that ward.

Residents braced themselves for the re-run and went to the Civic Centre on January 31, only to find out that the decision to re-run the election had been overturned at the 11th hour by the metro.

At that time, the Public Participation Unit’s Sphelele Nxele told the Advertiser that a warranted and vigilant assessment of the irregularities had been made and their outcomes were deemed immaterial to the final voting results. For that reason, the elected ward committee stood.

De Vos then took the matter to Speaker of Council where he voiced his dissatisfaction with the process.

Following a series of negotiations, the parties involved agreed to put together a team of people who will serve as members of the ward committee. [email protected]

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Fanie Mthupha
Journalist

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