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A convicted Child Rapist and ANC backed Mayor of Kannaland to face vote of no confidence

An urgent council meeting is expected to be held in the Kannaland Municipality in the Western Cape on Wednesday, with a motion of no confidence against mayor Jeffrey Donson and his deputy, Werner Meshoa, likely to be tabled. Both Donson and Meshoa are convicted criminals. Donson was convicted of [email protected], while Meshoa was found to have committed fraud.

Their election to public office, with the support of ANC councillors, was widely condemned. The motion of no confidence was brought by council members last week. A request to hold an urgent council meeting was made to the speaker of the municipality.

Rodge Albertus of the Kannaland Independent Party (KIP) wrote a letter to speaker Nicolaas Valentyn and acting municipal manager Morné Hoogbaard on 11 January.

According to the letter, motions of no confidence were being filed by the majority of the Kannaland council against the mayor, deputy mayor, and district representative on the municipality, Hyron Ruiters of the Icosa party.

He added that Donson had failed to adhere to the Public Office Bearers' Act. "Donson failed to notify the Board of the staff complaint of Mr M Hoogbaard, Mr H Barnard and Mr M Maker, and indirectly putting the council at risk by subsequent maladministration and apparent promotion of self-interest and blatant nepotism," he said.

Valentyn did not divulge into any further details, besides confirming a council meeting would take place on Wednesday. "All I can say is there is a motion for tomorrow (Wednesday) at a council meeting," he said.

Endless problems have beset the municipality since the municipal elections on 1 November. It came after Donson and Meshoa were elected into their positions. Last month, the ANC decided to cut ties with Icosa following public pressure.

The Hawks also arrested four senior municipal officials of the embattled Klein Karoo municipality recently.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said its Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit arrested the officials in connection with fraud to the tune of R338 million. ANC provincial spokesperson Sifiso Mtsweni said the party's position was to withdraw from any coalitions in Kannaland and take to the opposition benches.

"The position has been communicated to both our councillors and the municipal manager and it remains as such. The ANC has not agreed with any other party henceforth on setting up another coalition beyond our councillors assuming the opposition benches," he said.

ANC provincial convener Lerumo Kalako said the party would not hesitate to act against members who refused to follow party instructions.

"There are councillors who rather want positions instead of following instructions. We are saying we will deal with them, and we will not hesitate to deal with them. They must come and explain why they have not followed the instructions, and we will revoke their membership," he said.

The DA's constituency head in Kannaland, Gillion Bosman, said he was aware of the motion of no confidence.

"The DA is heeding the call from the community of Kannaland and assisting the other parties to remove a convicted child rapist and a convicted fraudster from office," he said.

When media reached out to Donson, he said he had no comment. When pressed on whether he was concerned about the motion of no confidence, he simply said "No". "It's not for me. I was a mayor many times with the ANC and DA, and I used the position to better the lives of people. If it doesn't work out, I can be a councillor," he said.

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