They have been complaints about how some Councillors have disappeared ever since they won their positions with some people calling for the removal of those ineffectual Councillors.
However, it’s not easy to remove a Councillor once he has won.
One easy way is to pressure their party of origin to recall the Councillor so that he can be removed from his position, but again it’s easier said than done as the procedure is similar to that one of recalling MP’s.
Here we quote the Urban Council’s Act to show the only ways through which a Councillor can lose his position.
A councillor who is convicted of an offence and sentenced to imprisonment for a period of six months or more shall forthwith cease to exercise his functions or to be entitled to any remuneration as a councillor and, subject to subsection (8), he shall cease to be a councillor at the expiry of thirty days from the date of such sentence.
If, during the thirty-day period referred to in subsection (7), the councillor concerned applies for a free pardon or notes an appeal against the conviction and additionally, or alternatively, the sentence, the question whether he is to continue in office as a councillor shall not be determined until the abandonment or final disposal of the application or appeal, whereupon he shall forthwith cease to be a councillor unless—
(a) he is granted a free pardon; or
(b) his conviction is set aside; or
(c) his sentence is reduced to a term of imprisonment of less than six months; or
(d) a punishment other than imprisonment is substituted.
A person also ceases to be a councillor in terms of subsection (7) of section forty-one; or
(d) if they are absent without leave of the council—
(i) from the ordinary meetings of the council during a period of two consecutive calendar months; or
(ii) from the meetings of any committee of the council to which he has been appointed during a period of two consecutive calendar months, if the committee has held at least one meeting in each of those calendar months or from two consecutive meetings of the committee which are not held in the same calendar month or in consecutive calendar months;
(e) is absent from the ordinary meetings of the council during a period of six consecutive calendar months, whether or not leave of the council has been obtained;
or if he has has been suspended in terms of section one hundred and fourteen for a period longer than thirty days.