Tlokwe speaker refusing to convene meeting – DA

2013-08-28 15:59

Tlokwe municipality speaker Barei Segotso is refusing to convene a council meeting that is expected to vote on a motion of no confidence in her, the DA has said.

“She has effectively become a remote control for the higher powers within the ANC to frustrate the functioning of the meeting place of the people of our city,” DA councillor Hans-Jurie Moolman said in a statement today.

“The Tlokwe ... municipality and all its service delivery is governed by the DA, and is now frustrated with cheap politics that have no other objective than to protect her position and high income.”

Moolman said the ANC was not prepared to respect democracy and would only serve in government where they were the majority.

“Thus, instead of representing the interests of the community, they embark on disruptive behaviour which is the type of immaturity one would expect on a (school) playground.”

ANC Tlokwe chief whip Dakota Legoete said Segotso was not convening a meeting because the council would not make a quorum.

“We are short of nine councillors. We can’t have the meeting because we are not a full compliment of council,” he said.

“We can’t go to a slaughterhouse.”

He said the meeting would be scheduled after by-elections in Tlokwe on September 18.

The North West ANC said on Monday that none of the 14 expelled and then reinstated Tlokwe councillors were candidates in the by-elections.

In July, the 14 councillors were found guilty on four counts of misconduct by the provincial disciplinary committee (PDC) and expelled from the ANC.

The councillors were charged for participating in a motion of no confidence against mayor Maphetle Maphetle in November last year which resulted in the mayor being replaced by DA councillor Annette Combrink.

He was later reinstated, but in July ANC factions in the municipality passed a second motion of no confidence in Maphetle.

He was again replaced by Combrink – the first DA mayor in the province.

Maphetle and Segotso lodged an application in the High Court in Pretoria to nullify the council meeting at which he was unseated. The application was dismissed by the court.

At the weekend, the ANC’s national disciplinary committee (NDC) said it had overturned the PDC’s decision to expel the 14.

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