Pics – Tensions simmer in Tlokwe by-elections

Tensions were simmering on Wednesday (September 18 2013) in Tlokwe’s wards 26 and 18, where the ANC was facing off with two of its former councillors in by-elections. Above: A member of the Democratic Alliance has his T-shirt ripped off by ANC supporters in Ikageng township in Potchefstroom. Pictures: Felix Dlangamandla/Foto24
“The tension is understandable,” ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said outside a voting station at St Augustine’s Anglican Church in ward 26. Above: ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe (centre), ANC chairperson in North West Supra Mahumapelo (left) and ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu addressing the media at the ANC constituency office in Ikageng township in Potchefstroom.
“We are going for the same constituency. We are going for the same people who voted for them in 2011 when they were ANC members,” Mthembu said.
The ward is being contested by ANC candidate Oupa Mogoshane and independent candidate Butiki “Stone” Mahlabe, who was an ANC councillor in the area for 12 years.
Mahlabe was one of 14 councillors expelled by the ANC in July after its provincial disciplinary committee found them guilty on four counts of misconduct for participating in a motion of no confidence in then Tlokwe mayor Maphetle Maphetle.
Maphetle was replaced by DA councillor Annette Combrink. The ANC’s national disciplinary committee later overturned the expulsions.
Despite this, eight of the councillors registered as independent candidates for the by-elections. Mthembu said the ANC was not threatened by Mahlabe and was confident residents would vote for the party.

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