The ANC has attempted to retake control of Tlokwe illegally by “sneaking in” a motion of no confidence in Mayor Annette Combrink, the DA has said.
“The ANC today again tried to take control of Tlokwe illegally by switching council agendas and sneaking in a motion of no-confidence in the DA executive mayor,” DA North West leader Chris Hattingh said in a statement today.
“The meeting … could not be constituted since it was not quorate.”
North West ANC spokesperson Kenny Morolong said the DA was being hypocritical.
“They are evading a similar democratic process which culminated in the unseating of Maphetle Maphetle as mayor of Tlokwe,” he said.
“It is the same DA councillors who have evaded previous council meetings because the DA wants to cling to power and subject the people of Tlokwe to the leadership of a minority party.”
Maphetle has been unseated twice, the first time in November, then again in July.
In July, the ANC expelled 14 councillors in Tlokwe after its provincial disciplinary committee found them guilty of misconduct for participating in the motion of no confidence against Maphetle.
The ANC’s national disciplinary committee subsequently overturned the expulsions.
Hattingh said the ANC’s Tlokwe councillors, without council quorate, put reasons forward in the meeting to the local government MEC to conduct a section 139 intervention in Tlokwe and to appoint an administrator to take control of the council.
“This is an obvious attempt to reinstate ANC control by stealth,” he said.
“Since the DA took over in Tlokwe, the ANC has done everything in its power to destabilise the council and prevent real service delivery from happening,” he said.
Morolong said claims that the ANC was not preoccupied with service delivery were “ludicrous and unfortunate”.
“If we were to juxtapose the mayorship under the DA and that of the ANC, we will proclaim for all to know that Tlokwe under the ANC has scored strides in the interests of service delivery,” he said.
“What the ANC has achieved, the DA will never be able to achieve in a lifetime.”
By-elections in Tlokwe will take place on October 23, the North West local government department said today.
It said the date was set after the local government MEC consulted with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
“This follows [the] Electoral Court ruling in Bloemfontein which ordered the IEC to request… the member of the executive council to postpone the by-elections in Wards One, Four, 11, 12 and 20 of the municipality,” it said in a statement.
This was after the court heard an application by five independent candidates who were disqualified from taking part in the by-elections by the IEC.
The ANC retained control of two of three wards in the remainder of the by-elections in Tlokwe.
A sixth by-election, in Ward 13, was earlier postponed after an out-of-court settlement.
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