The Rustenburg Local Municipality has noted with dismay the messages circulating on various social media platforms, calling for the “shutdown” of Rustenburg. What is more concerning being that these calls for chaos in the City are led by the officials in the office of the MEC for Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation in the North West – Hon. Tlhapi Galebekwe. Further to that, we note that the MEC has been tagged in the various social media posts calling for the City’s “shutdown”.
The calls for chaos, follows hot on the heels of an ongoing disinformation campaign led by Lesiba Moraka, who is employed in the office of the MEC and Thabang Ngwenya. They falsely claim that the Executive Mayor – Cllr Mpho Khunou has knowledge and is responsible for the disappearance of a municipal owned BMW X5, which was never delivered. Despite the facts at hand, they continue to peddle lies about the Executive Mayor in this regard.
The Municipality is also aware of a video, in which municipal employees were transported by taxis to a venue where they were addressed by Mr. Lesiba Moraka and encouraged to lead the disruptions of Municipal operations, on the basis of treatment not compliant with the prescripts of the labour department. We are aware that these plans for the “shutdown” also include a former Councillor of the City Mr. Jeff Putu, who wanted to be awarded tenders by the Municipality, without following any due processes.
The Municipality will take action to defend all the Municipal assets, including pursuing various legal avenues available against any individual(s), who intend to cause disruptions in the City, while residents will become inconvenienced as a result of interruptions in service delivery.