The ANC in Tlokwe has agreed to vacate the mayor’s office and withdraw an urgent application for leave to appeal a court’s dismissal of its challenge to the mayor’s post.
“Supra (Mahumapelo, ANC North West chairman) phoned me last night and said Maphetle Maphetle will vacate the office today and the ANC will withdraw the application,” said Democratic Alliance North West leader Chris Hattingh.
“We wait to see if that really happens.”
The urgent application was initially scheduled to be heard in the high court in Pretoria this morning.
On Monday, the court dismissed an application by Maphetle to nullify the council meeting at which he was unseated in favour of DA mayor Annette Combrink on July 2.
Judge Neil Tuchten had ordered that he vacate his office by 10am yesterday to make way for Combrink. However, when she arrived he refused to leave, saying the ANC would appeal.
Hattingh said the dispute about the mayorship was in its fifth week and was frustrating the council’s work.
Applications for developments, for example, were not being examined as the council was not sitting. The DA would believe the undertakings when the office was vacated and when the urgent application was withdrawn, he said.
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